Cast of Rehearsal for Murder! in their curtain call "color test" mode. That's producer Barbara Weinberger in red.
Mark Oristano
Cast of Rehearsal for Murder! in their curtain call "color test" mode. That's producer Barbara Weinberger in red.

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Rehearsal for Murder!

Continues through January 26 at the Eisemann Center, Richardson. Call 972-744-4650, or visit eisemanncenter.com for tickets.

Hard to blame director Serrecchia for a lack of laughs. He knows how to stage comedies. His production of Avenue Q ran at Theatre Too for most of last year and now has transferred with its cast intact to Fort Worth's Stage West (through February 15). Avenue Q, itself a spoof of Sesame Street, is comedy gold, so Serrecchia had good stuff to work with. With the Pegasus show, however, it's harder work to impose physical comedy bits on soggy writing. He's choreographed lots of sight gags like group-gasps and melodramatic double takes that the actors, all working below their weight classes scriptwise, pull off with real snap. Thank goodness for that, because otherwise the mystery of Rehearsal for Murder! would be why it's sold as a comedy at all.

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