They've staged a lot of haircuts and shaves (not to mention murders) in the last four years, but San Francisco's Shear Madness will hang up its scissors May 20 at the Mason Street Theater. Shear Madness opened in San Francisco April 10, 1997. Paul Portner's farce, based on a serious German whodunit, sets a murder in the Shear Madness Hair Styling Salon and has the audience vote nightly on who is guilty and who isn't. It is estimated some 5.7 million people have seen Shear Madness. No surprise, as it is the longest-running show in several U.S. cities including Boston, where it's played for 23 years, and Washington, DC, where it's played for fourteen.
Tickets are $34. Mason Street Theatre is located at 340 Mason Street. For resrvations, call (415) 982-5463. Shear Madness is on the web at http://www.shearmadness.com.
— By Christine Ehren