Review: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

(A guest post by my fabulous intern, Kelly Maglocci)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing: a dark humored comedy presented in a classic, light hearted fashion. This Tony Award winning musical tells the tale of Monty Navarro, a social climbing pauper that discovers he has ties to aristocracy. Only 8 distant relatives stand between him and becoming the Earl of Highhurst. Fueled by the D’Ysquith family’s dismissive response to his mother’s then his own attempts to reconnect, Monty, played by Kevin Massey, vows to take down all those that stand between he and becoming the earl.

The same actor, John Rapson, played the entire D’Ysquith family and executed numerous costume changes seamlessly. His ability to make each character individual and charismatic is a testament to his immense talent and comedic acting ability. The leading ladies of the show, Sibella Hallward, Monty’s mistress, played by Kristen Beth Williams, and Phoebe D’Ysquith, his cousin and love interest, played by Kristen Hahn, demonstrated tremendous range while singing songs such as “I’ve Decided to Marry You” and “I Don’t Know What I’d Do.”

The set design was stunning and the magnificent stage acted as another player that engaged the audience. Each scene was enhanced by a digital background making them vibrant and full of life. Throughout the play, the audience was erupting into laughter and applause. The lobby crowded during intermission with the audience buzzing about the play’s humor and anticipating what would unfold in the second act.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is showing now through January 8 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Don’t miss your chance to see Broadway in Cincinnati! Tickets are available here.

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