Brigham’s Playhouse puts the laughter in manslaughter with Murder For Two.
Reviewed and Written by Ashley Smith Paramore.
Brigham’s Playhouse puts the laughter in manslaughter with Murder For Two. This play is an exceptional, wacky– yet, humorous–mix of classic murder mysteries and old-school musical theater. Murder For Two tells the story of Officer Marcus Moscowicz who is an aspiring detective who does his best to solve the murder of a well-known novelist in hopes of becoming the newest detective in his precinct. During the investigation, Marcus meets over a dozen suspects, who are all hilariously played by one actor. From the not-so-sad wife of the victim to the overly open-book therapist, Marcus is on a time crunch to get to know all of the suspects and sort through all their zany stories in order to solve the murder before the real detective shows up.
Murder For Two is directed by Jamie Young and stars Taylor Williams who plays the detective-to-be Marcus, and our own local celebrity Dale Hoopes who plays everyone else. Williams and Hoopes are a fantastic duo who have such great chemistry that the audience doesn’t even miss having a full ensemble. From their piano playing duets, to their flirtatious and embarrassing scenes, these two couldn’t have been cast any better. Hoopes is able to accomplish what not many actors are able to do: He seamlessly transitions into each individual character so perfectly, that you know exactly who he is portraying at all times. Taylor does a great job at portraying the aspiring detective who seems to keep trying his best at putting the pieces of the puzzle together in order to solve the mystery.
The set is minimal when it comes to props and furniture, but it is barely missed with the use of the piano and all of the running around Hoopes does while changing characters. The use of the lighting helps the audience feel the mood of the characters, and the inclusion of the audience is what sets this play apart from all the others. It is a play with only two actors, but you could technically call it a three-man show if you wanted to count the audience member they pull up on stage to have as a warm body. Hoopes’ costume is pretty basic, most likely to help us see him as each character portrayal. Taylor, on the other hand, wears what I would imagine an up-and-coming detective to wear.
Brigham’s Playhouse consistently offers “Feel the Difference” community theater and this “killer” comedy continues the streak. Murder For Two just might possibly be one of the funniest shows ever put on by Brigham’s Playhouse. It is certain to keep not only your interest, but also everyone laughing from start to finish. I wholeheartedly highly recommend you see this play, and bring your date/spouse, family, friends and neighbors to see it. You definitely will be happy you did!
Performances run Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm, with a matinee performance at 2 pm on Saturdays. Tickets are available at their website, www.brighamsplayhouse.com, or by visiting or calling their Playhouse box office.
For more information about Brigham’s Playhouse, visit www.brighamsplayhouse.com or call 435.251.8000. Box Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 2 pm-7 pm; and Saturday 12 pm-7 pm.
25 North 300 West
Washington, UT 84780
Ashley Paramore moved to St. George, from Utah County, in 2003, after graduating high school. She loves living here and being a part of the community. Since moving to Dixie, she has become a mother, a birth mother, and a step-mother. In 2013, she married her best friend and her family is her whole world. It was only recently, Ashley finally discovered what she wants to be when she “grows up.” So, she is back in school studying to be both an elementary school teacher and a book editor. She enjoys reading to unwind, cooking to de-stress and playing with her kids after a hard day of homework.