I was blessed to be there for the opening night of Shear Madness at PJ Live Arts Main Theatre. At first I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and wasn’t sure how the audience would react. But from the moment the show started it was clear that this was something special.
In this comedy murder-mystery, Isabel Fernandez, a world famous pianist is found murdered above a hairdressing salon. In rushes the cops, Inspector Soon and the very handsome, muscular,charismatic and babe-magnet Sergeant Yeoh who must then answer the oft-asked question, “Who is the murderer?” Implicated are Tomy Gan, the flamboyant owner of the salon, Chanel Chong, the rough around the edges assistant, Datin Schubert, a hoity-toity socialite and Encik Adlin Mustapha, an antiques dealer with a roguish charm. With the exception of the dude playing Sergeant Yeoh who didn’t stay in character and kept checking out girls in the audience and Chanel, the cast was simply superb.
The play was so immersive that often,I felt that I was onstage myself, standing among the other characters watching the action unfold. The script is tight with punchlines flying fast and loose. Each character is endearing yet dubious, earning them trust and suspicion in almost equal measure. Without giving too much away, there is also a huge chunk of audience participation. Suffice to say that the audience helps solve the murder of Isabel Fernandez.
This play had a lot of laughter, both scripted and unscripted that makes one feel like watching a highly polished sitcom. In fact at one point, the laughter was so loud the roof caved in. Luckily, the following wave of laughter was even louder, and the sheer force of sound energy propped it back up. They could have blown the roof off, had they not brought the house down earlier.
It was such a superb opening night that I decided to be there for all subsequent shows. For me, each night is a different night and the excitement has not faded. Hopefully I’ll see you there one of those nights! You better not cop out!
Shear Madness runs 5-7th July and 12-14 June with matinee shows on 7th and 14th at PJ Live Arts. Tickets available at www.tix.my.