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Murder for Two

Murder for Two

Book and music by JOE KINOSIAN
Book and lyrics by KELLEN BLAIR

Not Currently Playing
Old Shelterhouse
MAY 5 - JUNE 10, 2018


Who killed the great American novelist Arthur Whitney? Found dead in his isolated, rural mansion on the night of his surprise birthday party, every guest has a motive — their dirty little secrets the unwilling and barely veiled subject of the author’s bestsellers. Was the killer his loopy, scene-stealing widow? His overly curious niece? The too-friendly psychiatrist? Or the glamorous, but menacing, prima ballerina? One actor plays the overwhelmed detective while another takes on all of the suspects, creating a zany, musical comedy whodunit. Murder for Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and mystery guaranteed to keep you guessing — and laughing — until the very last note.

“Ingenious … a snazzy, vaudevillian double act.” – The New York Times

  Murder for Two is appropriate for adults and teenagers. This hilarious, musical whodunit introduces a slew of whacky party guests who are suspected of committing murder, so some adult content and mild adult language ensues.

RUNNING TIME:  Murder for Two runs approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission.

Promotional photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.











Eric Shorey

The Suspects

Eric Van Tielen

Marcus Moscowicz

Joe Kinosian

Book and Music

Kellen Blair

Book and Lyrics

Paul Mason Barnes


Bill Clarke

Set Designer

Tracy Dorman

Costume Designer

Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz

Lighting Designer

Jason Sebastian

Sound Designer

Steve Goers

Music Director

Stephanie Klapper

Casting Director

Jenifer Morrow

Stage Manager






On the Blog

A Musical Comedy to Die For

Apr 10, 2018
Natalie Clare

Who killed the great American novelist Arthur Whitney? The mystery unfolds in hilarious fashion in Murder for Two, as one actor plays an overwhelmed detective and another plays a dozen suspects — and they both play piano.


Killin' It: A Q&A With Paul Mason Barnes

Apr 18, 2018
Natalie Clare

Murder for Two director Paul Mason Barnes provides insight into how he will approach and bring to life this zany murder mystery.


A Zany Blend of Amusements

May 1, 2018
Natalie Clare

When a dimwitted detective takes on the case in Murder for Two, the evening unfolds into a riotous murder mystery that’s a fusion of favorite theatrical genres.


Easter Eggs in MURDER FOR TWO

May 31, 2018
Natalie Clare

We’ve created a list of artistic references — aptly named “Easter eggs” — that can be found in this hilarious musical comedy.


5 Questions With Eric Van Tielen

Jun 1, 2018
Natalie Clare

Meet Eric Van Tielen, who plays Marcus Moscowicz in Murder for Two. Learn about his training as an actor, what role has been his favorite and what's been most interesting about this madcap murder mystery.


5 Questions With Eric Shorey

Jun 1, 2018
Natalie Clare

Meet Eric Shorey, who plays The Suspects in Murder for Two. Learn what inspired him to become an actor, what his favorite role so far has been and what's been most enjoyable about this hilarious musical comedy.




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