Marriage Is Murder!
[Paul and Polly Butler] Archie Bunker probably would have said that marriage is murder all year long. The Magic Circle Rep.'s version of Marriage Is Murder, a hysterical comedy by Nick Hall, opens on November 2nd and plays every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinees Nov. 11th & 18th at 2:00pm through December 1st.

Two of our finest performers Kris and Simon Hunt (Kris was formerly known as Kris Cox) play a divorced couple who, when married, wrote murder mysteries together. Since things have not gone well for either since the divorce, they get together to try and write one more book. Prior to the breakup, their technique for writing included trying out the methods of murder on each other. With the divorce, audiences are never sure if the murders will be real or not. A word of warning to husbands bringing their wives to the show, please note if your wife is taking notes.

This is the third time Magic Circle has produced this show. All three productions have featured Kris Hunt as the wife. The first production, in 1994, won Kris her second Birdsall award for that year's best performance by an actress in a leading role. The second production was on the Delta Queen and included Executive Producer Bob Gerould as her ex-husband. Kris made her stage debut at the Magic Circle Rep. in Mary, Mary. Since then she has appeared in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Play It Again Sam, Damn Yankees, Having A Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Her (twice), Social Security, A Bad Year For Tomatoes, The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940, Marriage Is Murder, The Odd Couple, Tribute, Sylvia, in which she played a dog, Rumors, and But Why Bump Off Barnaby?

In addition to Marriage Is Murder, Kris received Birdsall awards for her work in Having A Wonderful Time..., and Sylvia. She has also performed at American River College, the Stage Door Playhouse, and the Woodland Opera House. For three seasons she was a regular member of our Children's Repertory Theatre Company.

Simon Hunt brings an impressive background to the Magic Circle Rep. from his native England where he appeared in The Mikado, Orpheus In The Underworld, Half A Sixpence, Fiddler On The Roof, Carousel, and Kismet. His first appearance with the Magic Circle Rep. was as a replacement for Executive Producer Bob Gerould (who injured his leg) as the ogre in Puss In Boots and in which all of his scenes were with Puss played by Kris Cox. Since then he performed several years as a regular with our Children's Repertory Theatre Company. Simon made his main stage debut in Guys And Dolls and followed that with Rumors, The Great One's Holiday Show, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Mousetrap, and Noises Off for which he received a Birdsall Award nomination. Simon is our resident magician performing magic tricks for all of our children's shows and, most recently, for the Birdsall awards. Kris and Simon were married on stage at the Magic Circle Rep. with Bob Gerould officiating.

Director Rosemarie Gerould has, as usual, injected her sense of pace and many comic bits into the show. Nobody sits for very long in a Rosemarie directed play. If laughter is the best medicine, then cancel your health insurance and don't miss this one!

Read the Sacramento Bee review (3 out of 4 stars) by clicking HERE.