Shear Madness
Shear Madness
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Dov K
18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I'm astonished that so many people thought this was a great play. We thought the humor was poor, over the top campy, really intended for 10 year olds. Most of the audience were schoolkids and I can see why they would like it, I don't understand why adults would find this funny. Cheap stereotypes, with the exaggerated swishy male hairstylist so ADD he nearly decapitates his client wildly gesticulating with a razor.

Humor is personal of course, and we tend to like adult humor.If you like intelligent comedians like Ricky Gervais, Sarah Millican, Fern Brady, Jimmy Carr, John Oliver, Katie Boyle, Liz Miele, Wanda Sykes, then you probably won't like this show. This is for people who like quick accessible puns, double entendres, and references to current politics sprinkled in. I am writing this review because i wish we had this knowledge so we could have picked a better show.

The show reminded me of a comedian doing standup we once saw who was talking about politics and really making people think. When one side of the room wasn't laughing hard enough to please him he said "if this side of the room isn't getting this, don't worry, I'll do a bunch of fart jokes for you." This show is for people who only get fart jokes, and yet did not have a single fart joke.
Written March 12, 2024
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Hudson M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
I was a school trip in DC. We all thought the play was going to be boring and we were gonna be on our phones throughout but it wasn’t. Best play I’ve ever been to. Amazing jokes and improv, audience interaction and other amazing things. Modern day jokes and jokes that made our teachers laugh. Overall amazing engaging . Would watch again.
Written December 21, 2022
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Alex S
Richmond, VA25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I have to admit I'm perplexed by these positive reviews. It's these reviews that drive me to this show. The reviews couldn't have led me more astray.

These characters have the depth of a puddle and the subtlety of a Billboard on I-95. Jokes are completely unoriginal, forced, and based on wide stereotypes and random pop culture references that have nothing to do with the actual plot. (Example: Someone saying ESPN instead of ESP... Yea I've heard it before too 1000 times) It's like a poorly written ABC family sitcom from the early 90's that would have been cancelled mid-season. The level of interactivity is not like that of an engaging improv show, but more along the lines of Blue's Clues.

I wouldn't be so harsh if the show didn't cost $50. This is a $5 limited run show at a local theater at best. The Kennedy center deserves better. I feel border line robbed. Do yourself a favor and skip this, there are infinitely better things to do in DC.
Written January 17, 2015
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Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry your experience at Shear Madness did not live up to your standards. We strive to provide entertainment at the highest level to our patrons and are saddened we did not meet your expectations.
Written February 11, 2015
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sunflowersoprano
Manhattan, KS15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Business
Warning! We had heard good things about Shear Madness and were looking forward to the show, we were however thoroughly disappointed. About 200 snorting middle schoolers were in attendance and the show was definitely geared towards these kids. The actors played to the children and we felt out of place and as if we were intruding on a middle school assembly, one we paid $65 a head to witness. We were told this is spring break season and most of the performances were filled with visiting school kids. Our advice would be to stay away. Waste of time and money unless you’re a 12 yr old.
Written February 16, 2019
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JenBarnes25
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015
This show was absolutely awful. It lacked creativity, depth and was poorly performed. We weren't even able to sit through the whole thing. We snuck out because we couldn't bear the thought of wasting one more second in that disaster of a comedy. Don't waste your money, go somewhere else.
Written January 17, 2015
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Flounder M
Hayward, CA1,553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
I found a long running play called Shear Madness while researching what to do in DC for the evening. I bought tickets in advance for the family. The Kennedy Center provides a complimentary shuttle bus from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. Look for the red bus, which comes approx. every 15 minutes.

The 1st act is hysterical with fantastic one liners, (cannot give out the details of the play) and during intermission, one of the players interacted with the audience when we were outside on the Terrace. The 2nd is directed by the audience, again, I cannot give the particulars. The play will well worth the money – highly recommended !

We met local people whom have seen the played many times. After watching the play, I can understand why one would return.
Written June 29, 2014
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So glad you enjoyed the show! Please come back anytime, as you know it will be different ending every time!
Written July 2, 2014
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thejaytees
Wrightsville Beach, NC51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
We love going to the theater and saw a show at the Kennedy Center on our last trip to DC. So when we began planning this trip we wanted to return to the Kennedy Center. We felt like we had to see Shear Madness to see this long running show. We are glad we have seen it but don't really understand why it is such a long running show. The seats were only about 1/3 full on the Saturday night that we attended. It was humorous. It was fun trying to figure out "who dunnit" and one of the actors answered the audience's questions during intermission out on the patio. But I guess this isn't our favorite type of theater. If you go, buy discount tickets. I can't remember where we found them but the cost was only half price and easy to find on line.
Written October 14, 2013
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Lamilano
Savannah, GA148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
A friend and I went to see this show, which we had both seen before (years ago in a different location). Forgot how hysterically funny it is! And of course they keep it current with the latest news, etc... If you have not seen it, go and expect an evening of crazy fun!
Written October 24, 2017
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Kelly D
Washington DC, DC150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
We had the pleasure of seeing this show this past Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). We brought our two boys 10 and 15 yrs old.

The show was incredibly funny and engaging. Though there were some political and sexual undertones, I did not find it to be inappropriate for our 10 year old - some of it went over his head but he was able to appreciate much of the humor.

The actors were phenomenal. See my review on the Kennedy Center for specific details on the venue and the Theater Lab.

We are so glad we had the opportunity to see this performance. All four of us it give it the highest rating. A must see - truly!
Written November 29, 2016
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Thanks for playing Shearlock with us!
Written December 1, 2016
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dngtig
Preston, CT39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
I saw this with my girlfriend and my two teenage daughters, we all loved it. Extremely entertaining. The audience interaction is great. Go into the theater 10 minutes or so early because the show actually has an informal beginning. Pay attention to detail because you might be able to solve the crime. The Kennedy center views are an added bonus.
Written August 9, 2014
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So glad you were able to join us! Come back anytime and get a new killer!
Written August 11, 2014
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