Lyric Stage Company of Boston continues its season with the madcap two-hander musical "Murder for Two." Book and Music are by Joe Kinosian and Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair. This production is Directed by A. Nora Long, with Musical Direction by Bethany Aiken and Choreography by David Connolly. Scenic Design is by Shelley Barish, Costumes by Tobi Rinaldi, Lighting by Heather Crocker, and Sound by Andrew Duncan Will.
The play is a spoof on murder mysteries, with a dizzying array of characters played by only two actors. The always entertaining Jared Troilo plays Marcus Moscowitz, a policeman who is hoping that solving the murder that has just taken place will earn him his coveted promotion to Detective. Kirsten Salpini plays all of the suspects, in an assignment that compels her to switch identities in a split-second. Some of her characters are more believable than others.
Despite hard and praiseworthy work on the part of Mr. Troilo and Ms. Salpini, the concept of the show did not work well for me. I found the writing to be often silly and sophomoric, missing the mark of clever parody. The musical seems to aim at the same target that worked well for the movie "Clue." That movie was one of the inspirations that prompted A. Nora Long to direct this production. Unfortunately, the weight of the hackneyed plot is too much for two actors to bear.
|Jared Trilo as The Detective|
Kirsten Salpini as Suspect
"Murder for Two"
Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Through December 24th
Photo by Mark S. Howard
The play will run through December 24th, and could provide light diversion from the rigors of Christmas shopping if you enjoyed "Clue."
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