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Shear Madness

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Shear Madness

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

Holidays Theater

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.



Run Time

2 hours


Shear Madness is the interactive 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.

With more than 13,000 performances at the Kennedy Center, Shear Madness is the second longest-running play in the history of American Theater (its sister production of Shear Madness in Boston is #1.)

Performance Timing: 2 hours, with one intermission.
SINGLE TICKET NOTE: Shear Madness performances are ongoing. Please see the current ticket on-sale schedule below.
--Performances from August 29 through October 1, 2017 went on sale Sunday, April 30 at 12 p.m.
--Performances from October 3 through November 26, 2017 go on sale on Sunday, July 30 at 12 p.m. Please click here to see this performance schedule.

GROUP TICKETS NOTE: Group tickets (for 15 or more people) are on sale now for all performances through June 11, 2017. Group Ticket Pending Requests are being accepted now for all performances that resume on August 29, 2017. Please contact your group sales associate for further information or to make reservations.

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