Joe Kinosian, left, and Matt Edmonds in the
Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s presentation of
“Murder For Two,” in the Stackner Cabaret.
- One of our local boys has made it to the big time.
Kinosian grew up in Wauwatosa and attended the Milwaukee
High School of the Arts, where his interest in theater
was sparked. One of his teachers took interested
students to many of the theater productions at The Rep,
where he became more intrigued and engrossed in the
possibility of pursuing a career in theater.
to New York after graduation, he met a kindred soul
while attending a Musical Theatre Workshop. He and his
eventual creative partner, lyricist Kellen Blair,
dreamed up this crazy mix of comedy and mystery called
“Murder for Two,” which has been a national and
international success and the winner of several awards.
Kinosian is at the Rep, the theater where he witnessed
so many wonderful productions. He gets to experience
what it’s like to be on the other side of the
Edmonds is the investigative detective in the show while
Kinosian plays all the other roles - an assortment of
guests who are attending a surprise birthday party for a
famous mystery writer. The novelist, alas, is shot
before the festivities begin. The entire play involves
examining the evidence and trying to determine a motive
by questioning all the attendees.
men also play the piano throughout the show with humor
and skill. They sing earnestly and quite effectively
convey the clever lyrics by Blair. The bulk of the
humor, however, comes from Kinosian’s adept
impersonations of multiple characters, both men and
women and some tough little kids. For a man his size, he
is quite flexible, and his body language and facial
expressions are amazingly varied.
for Two” attempts to combine an Agatha Christie
mystery (specifically the writers were inspired by
“And Then There Were None”) with Marx-Brothers-style
humor, so much of the show is farce, but the music adds
another delightful dimension.
audience obviously enjoyed themselves, attested to by
the immediate standing ovation that followed the merry
mayhem. How anyone like Kinosian can perform with this
much energy night after night, doing eight shows a week
for nine weeks, is the biggest mystery of all. That can
only happen when one is driven by a passion for
performance and a desire to entertain others.
life dream has come true - to be a writer, a musician, a
comedian, and an actor.
“Murder for Two” is proof of that.
by JC Clementz with a simple but effective set design by
Regina Garcia, the show is sure to be a hit.
It was welcomed by a full house on opening night.
“Murder for Two”
musical runs through Jan. 14 at the Stackner Theatre,
108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Call 414-224-9490 or visit
MilwaukeeRep.com for times and tickets.