Two actors playing thirteen characters while singing, dancing, and playing the piano. Sounds a bit complicated. That’s what I thought as Murder For Two began Sunday afternoon. How would I ever be able to keep track of all that was going on? Well, when the two actors are Jared Troilo and Kirsten Salpini it is not a problem. Add in the fine direction of A. Nora Long and a very funny and fast moving script and music by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, and you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy a great time at the theater.Theatre to Die For —Boston Post Gazette
Finding two actors who can sing, dance, and also play the piano had to be a challenge for director Long. Finding two with these talents who could also work so well together had to be almost impossible, but with Jared and Kirsten she found a theatre match made in Heaven.
“Murder for Two’’ is kept aloft by its good-natured whimsy, its fine cast of two, and the nimble direction by Long, Lyric Stage’s associate artistic director...A whimsical duo at the scene of the crime in Lyric Stage's "Murder for Two" —The Boston Globe
I savored this clever comedy-thriller with music!
Pure entertainment! We’re kept guessing (and giggling) until the very end. Troilo and Salpini take turns at the piano, occasionally switching mid-song with absolutely no gap or shift in timing or delivery. Their virtuosity is astonishing.Lyric Stage's 'Murder for Two' Turns A Whodunit Into A Comical Circus —WBUR's The ARTery
Listen as WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen talks about how Murder for Two is an escapist fun time for everyone! Segment starts at 5:56."This is very welcome, silly escapist fun!" —WGBH's Arts Editor Jared Bowen
“Murder for Two”, the clever little two hander musical now being staged at the Lyric, is one of the really pleasant surprises of the early theater season.Salpini, Troilo Kill in Lyric's "Murder for Two" —The Theater Mirror: New England Theater Guide
Director A. Nora Long has crafted a fast-paced and very funny version of this Off-Broadway hit.
What makes this show work so well is its leads, Troilo and Salpini. It is the chemistry between Salpini and Troilo that make this musical sing.
This is a really fun show, full of lots of dopey jokes (as well as some more outlandish humor) and appropriate for all ages. At ninety minutes it’s a great little escape vehicle from the expectations of the holiday season.
Did somebody say murder? I did, just now. And I’ll do it again by way of recommending “Murder for Two,” a charming two-person comedy thriller that, according to Globe theater critic Don Aucoin, “takes an anything-for-a-laugh approach” (so brace yourself for some groaners). Jared Trolio (“My Fair Lady,’’ “Significant Other’’) stars as a detective hunting the murderer of a novelist, and Kirsten Salpini (“The Donkey Show,’’ “The Snow Queen’’) plays an entire lineup of potential perps. Runs through Dec. 24The Boston Globe Weekender: Murder Mysteries, folk histories, and Holiday Pops —The Boston Globe
This is a show that doesn’t take itself seriously – how could it – but is serious about making you laugh.Murder Most Foul, Meet Murder Most Funny —Rick Fahey's On Boston Stages
As if playing all the roles between them weren’t enough, Troilo and Salpini also take turns playing the score on the onstage piano, at times switching places in mid-song without missing a beat or a note. The two are one-stop shopping as performers.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter whodunit. It’s pure fun watching Troilo and Salpini show off, especially when it looks as if they’re having just as much fun as the audience.
Troilo and Salpini make beautiful music together.Murder for Two Asks Musical Questions —Broadway World
Making her Lyric Stage debut, Salpini is not yet a staple on the Boston theater scene, but I predict that is about to change.
The show is laugh out loud funny from start to finish, but intelligent, too.Murder for Two is the Perfect Musical Hit of the Season (5 Stars) —Boston Events Insider
The two actors have great chemistry with each other, and the production is finely polished as though plenty of rehearsal time was given.
On top of this, the Murder for Two production heaps mountains of well-timed physical comedy. Wow wow wow!
I'm glad to give this show a 5 stars plus. It's the hit of the winter season.
Don’t try to solve the murder. Sit back, enjoy, laugh and appreciate these two talented people. They’re a treat.A Killer of A show —The Winthrop Sun Transcript - Thursday, December 8, 2016
If you happen to be strolling down Clarendon Street and sense that the building housing the Lyric Stage Company is vibrating, it is not your imagination. No, for inside is the real, raucous laughter of a few hundred audience members taking in Murder for Two, a simple but side-splitting musical comedy that is easily the funniest show to play Boston this year.A riotous murder mystery —TheatreMania
A brilliant comedic performance, Salpini’s delirious turn as all of the suspects in this musical murder mystery was pure gold. It’s the only performance this year that had me crying with laughter.Kirsten Salpini named one of Boston's Best Performances of 2016 —Dig Boston
“Kirsten and Jared [Troilo, who plays the would-be detective] have a great chemistry together,” says Long. “The excitement and energy of the performers fuels the show.”Boston Globe Preview: A whodunit as a duet —The Boston Globe
The show does have two big production numbers, even though there’s only one person performing, Connolly says with a laugh. “I’m asking the actor to act as if she is Madonna or Tina Turner with 25 Chippendale dancers behind her.”
“That kind of handmade magic works perfectly in the Lyric’s intimate space,” says Long. “Seeing an actor transform from one character to another right before our eyes, that’s something that can only happen on stage. But ‘Murder for Two’ is also a very funny musical that spoofs vaudeville, melodramas and murder mysteries.”