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Murder for Two—A Killer Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 27 2011

Spoofing Agatha Christie by way of Charles Ludlam, this new musical offers up a fresh corpse and nine suspects--all played by a single actor. When a much-hated novelist is gunned down at his own birthday party (surprise!), eager police officer Marcus Moscowicz takes it upon himself to solve the crime while contending with a prima ballerina, an indiscreet psychiatrist, an attractive young criminology student, a suspiciously cheerful widow, three Dead End kids, and a married couple for whom insults are the ultimate aphrodisiac. There are lots of funny ideas here, some witty songs, and displays of Chico Marx-like musical dexterity whenever Alan Schmuckler's Moscowicz and Joe Kinosian's everybody else attack the piano. But the conceit starts to flag as the show heads into its second hour, and Kinosian's characterizations--and, in particular, his vocalizations--don't differentiate enough to make good on the implicit promise of a tour de force. --Tony Adler

Price: $25-$30

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