Shear Madness


A comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime! Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night. Running at the Kennedy Center for 25 years, giving more than 11,000 performances, it is the second longest play in the history of American Theater (its sister production in Boston is #1).Shear Madness performances are ongoing. If you don't see your date listed, please contact group sales to hold your preferred date or check back for future performances.

Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$10 - $50

Discount Tickets Available Group of 15 or more? Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances. Group Sales: (202) 416-8400

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Box Office Phone: 800-444-1324

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 01/29/2019 - 06/07/2020
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Performer Role
Production Personnel
Paul Pörtner
Bruce Jordan
Associate Director: Bob Lohrmann
Costume Designer
Adapted by Scott L. Hammar
Set Designers
Original by Kim Peter Kovac
Adapted by Scott L. Hammar
Sound Designer
John Vengrouskie
Lighting Designer
Dan Covey
Produced by Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan


The Kennedy Center Theater Lab
2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Getting There

  • Foggy Bottom-GWU (Blue/Orange Line)
  • Free Kennedy Center shuttle bus available from the Foggy Bottom Metro to Kennedy Center


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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