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Murder for Two Hilariously Brilliant Theatre

Actors create magic in Stage West Production

Theatre Review by Jason Clevett (From GayCalgary® Magazine, June 2017, page 24)
Murder for Two Hilariously Brilliant Theatre: Actors create magic in Stage West Production
Image by: John Watson
Murder for Two Hilariously Brilliant Theatre: Actors create magic in Stage West Production
Image by: John Watson
Murder for Two Hilariously Brilliant Theatre: Actors create magic in Stage West Production
Image by: John Watson
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Amidst the big Broadway style musical productions and popular musical revues, Stage West will put on shows that may not be well known, but are often quite enjoyable. In the case of the current production Murder for Two what it lacks in recognition it more than makes up for in quality. 90 minutes of nonstop laughs, twists and turns make for an incredibly enjoyable show.

This comes down entirely to its two stars. The ridiculously cute Brandon Lambert plays officer Marcus, summoned to the home of a great American author to keep an eye on things until a detective arrives to investigate. John Wascavage plays everyone else. Literally. With just a change in posture and voice and an occasional small prop, he effortlessly transforms between an assortment of characters. From a arguing couple to a group of young kids to a ballet dancer, Wascavage’s performance is a treat to watch unfold.

The success of the show entirely depends on its cast, and the further advantage of this production is that Lambert and Wascavage have worked together in the show before. They did a lengthy run in Pittsburgh and worked together on the US National tour before bringing the show to Calgary. Their long built up chemistry shows on stage. There are moments built into the script that are improvised, and seeing the grin on Wascavage’s face as he throws Lambert for a loop trying to crack him up is awesome.

If being hilarious and talented actors wasn’t enough, another remarkable aspect of the stars is their incredible piano playing. Murder for Two is a musical, although there are not a lot of numbers in the show. It’s pretty jaw dropping watching them work the keys – at some points with their eyes closed – and really makes you appreciate just how good the talents in this show are. It’s part of the whole package that makes Murder for Two a must see.

Stage West’s culinary team has outdone themselves with one of the best meals they have offered in recent shows. The charred spicy baby octopus and shrimp, lobster and lemon ravioli and blackened red snapper were highlights. Dessert featured a maple syrup cheesecake that was incredible along with staples like the dipped Florentine cookies and rum balls. Add on some excellent service (on this night we had Miranda, who was a lot of fun) and you have everything you need for a night of theatre away from the summer heat.

I haven’t said much about the rest of the plot of Murder for Two because saying too much would take away from the experience. A mix of classic whodunit murder mystery and over the top comedy, it’s a show that should not be missed.


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Image by: John Watson
Image by: John Watson
Image by: John Watson

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