After scoring a summertime smash with the musical classic “Holiday Inn,” Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse follows that hit with the eagerly awaited return of SHEAR MADNESS, the hilarious, interactive mystery that will boast a different ending every night. Running through September 7, this slapstick whodunit – last produced at the venue in 2006 – has played for more than 40 years in Boston and nearly as long at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Arts. Rock Island's beloved dinner theatre is proud to host both the show and its cast of sterling professional actors.


SHEAR MADNESS will be performed at Circa '21 on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m. and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $53.55 for the evening performances and $46.73 for the plated-lunch matinées.


Reservations are available through the Circa '21 ticket office. For reservations, contact the theatre at 1828 Third Ave., Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733 ext.  2. Online reservations also be be made by visiting


Frequently referred to as “America's longest-running play,” SHEAR MADNESS delights audiences with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. Paul Pörtner's comedy takes place in a hairstyling salon where landlady Isabel Czerny, who lives above the shop, is murdered. The play's audience consequently gets involved in the action by questioning the actors and attempting to solve the crime, with the suspects including a flamboyant hairdresser, his flirty and ditsy assistant, a prim and proper older lady and an older man who calls himself a “used antique dealer.”


As SHEAR MADNESS is heavily dependent on audience participation, that means the show is also heavily dependent on improv, and in fact, the character who committed the murder can change from night to night. From one production to another, the exact outcome is never the same, which is partly why audiences have flocked to this tale of merry mayhem time and time again with no signs of stopping!


Directing SHEAR MADNESS is longtime Circa '21 veteran Warner Crocker, whose other Rock Island productions have included “Diamonds & Divas: A Murderous Fiasco,” “Mama Won't Fly,” “Southern Crossroads” and last summer's musical version of “The Bridges of Madison Country.”


The talented cast consists of six Circa '21 veterans beginning with Cory Boughton from Circa '21's production of the slapstick hit “Boeing-Boeing,” Brad Hauskins “Newsies: The Musical,” Jennifer Poarch “Mamma Mia!,” Sherry Konjura “Nana's Naughty Knickers,” Tristan Tapscott “Holiday Inn” and Tom Walljasper “Grumpy Old Men: The Musical.”


The entire Circa '21 team is thrilled to be presenting the area return of one of the longest running comedies of all time and urges audience members to make reservations early for what is sure to be an unforgettable, interactive entertainment. Make reservations with the Circa '21 ticket office at 309-786-7733 ext. 2 or and have fun laughing and screaming “Whodunit?” at the theatre's exciting new production of SHEAR MADNESS!

Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse • 1828 3rd Avenue, Box 3784 • Rock Island, Illinois
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