A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder. February 2019

February 13, 2019

I am deathly serious when I say that this is not a show to miss. Porchlight Music Theatre has proven time and time again the capabilities of it’s artistic staff, crew, and actors and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was no exception and is arguably one of their best shows yet.

The book for the show is so solid that it was awarded Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score at the 2014 Tony Awards, among many other awards that it claimed that night. The story follows Montague Navarro (brilliantly portrayed by Andres Enriquez), who is just returning home from his mother’s funeral when he receives the marvelous news that his mother, whom he had thought to be of no consequential birth or standing in English society (subsequently leaving him penniless), was actually a member of the extremely prestigious and fabulously wealthy D'Ysquith family! Not only that, but that he was eighth in line to becoming the Earl of Highhurst!

Did I mention that there were only eight people in between Montague and cushy life?

Monty does the math as well, and in this comedy he cleverly finds ways of shrinking the gap between him and the title his mother always wanted for him and plots to significantly reduce the number of D’Ysquiths in the world.

Besides a hilarious plot and a witty score, another reason to get tickets is Chicago’s Matt Crowle who plays almost every single member of the D’Ysquith family (over 8 different characters!) all of them extremely colorful and eccentric people in their own right. Crowle masterfully wears them all, and is a lesson in the amazing versatility that actors strive to possess.

I cannot recommend this show enough, and it’s a perfect show to bring friends to. It’s shocking, devilishly funny, and has music that follows you home. Get your ticket now!  

Spike Manton