Murder for Two
Written by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair
Directed by Roy Alan
Musical Direction by Christopher Leavy
With Kevin Kelly and Michael Swickard
Winter Park Playhouse, Winter Park, FL
Kelly works hard to keep from laughing, forcing the yucks out into the audience. The script may be a bit stilted, but the sparks fly as Swickard seamlessly transitions from Dahlia Whitney (wife of the corpse) to Barrette Lewis (a ballet star always En Pointe) to suspicious yet slow talking doctor Dr. Griff. All have motive, means and opportunity, and the lead song “Protocol Says” sets up any restriction on Kelly’s policing actions. Swickard gets all the non police roles from the smart talking streetwise kids sprung loose from 1940s “Our Gang” short (A Lot Woise) to Barrette’s smart (So What If I Did?) to the big finish (Steppin’ Out Of The Shadows) from ex-wife Dahlia. Kelly and Swickard even accompany each other at the same time on the baby Grand. This is the sort of laugh riot WPPH loves, and when I went thought the receiving line at the end, the cast was still laughing at their own jokes. You’ll might not die laughing, but there could be serious contusions on your funny bone.
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