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Die Laughing with the D'Ysquiths

Karina Karbo-Wright

A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder

The show started off with a bang. The ensemble's harmonies and the funny lyrics drew the audience in. As they told the audience to leave the show, the crowd settle back into their seats. Those who are unfamiliar with the show, it might come off as a murder-mystery, Clue-inspired show but it is so much better. Right away, Monty Naravo explains the beginning plot of the show in a classic "reflecting on what the audience… Continue

Added by Karina Karbo-Wright on January 7, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"


The national tour of the musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was well received on its opening night at the State Theater in Minneapolis this Tuesday. The show follows the character of Monty Navarro (Kevin Massey) who finds out that his late mother was a member of the wealthy D’Ysquith family and he is now ninth in line to be earl of Highhurst. He proceeds to do what anyone would naturally do:…


Added by Heidi Wiese on January 7, 2016 at 10:19pm — 2 Comments

A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder: "The Last One You'd Expect"

Winner of a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2014, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, playing at the State Theatre through January 10, is stylistically a British comedy with slapstick and farce elements. Full of hilarious murders, comedic love stories, ridiculous facial expressions, and crazy costume changes, this show creates a fantasy environment that allows the audience to immerse themselves and forget all their worries. The witty banter in early twentieth century style with the…


Added by Janna Fitzgerald on January 7, 2016 at 9:52pm — 2 Comments

A Skeptic’s Guide to Love and Murder

I am probably in the minority when I say I wasn't actually that excited to see A Gentleman’s Guide to…


Added by Delia Grimes on January 7, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Why are all the D’Ysquiths dying? Because it’s hilarious!!

          Performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis January 5th through 10th, the Tony award-winning Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, directed by Darko Tresnjak. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is about Monty Navarro. A poor man who learns that he is a D’Ysquith as well as 9th in line to become Earl of Highhurst. Monty’s love interest Sibella mentions how unlikely it is for all 8 of the D’Ysquiths ahead of him to die. This gives Monty the idea to kill off the 8…


Added by Annika Ronning on January 7, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments


“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is not only a four time Tony winning show, but has also breathed life into comedic musicals, a genre people feared was dying. Capturing people since 2012 with inventive deaths and the cruel, but eye-glueing, agony of love, this innovative show is more than an over the top comedy and even reveals the cruelest human instincts.

We begin the show by meeting Monty Navarro who takes us through the pages of his memoir. It begins when he discovers his…


Added by Nina Afremov on January 7, 2016 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

A Positively KILLER Affair

So rarely does one see a show where grisly murder is executed so cleverly and with such wit, and yet here we have the subjects of Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s…


Added by Miranda Mier on January 7, 2016 at 9:17pm — 1 Comment

A Gentleman's Guide to Outdated Humor

Pleasant at best and offensive at its worst. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, now playing at the Minneapolis State Theatre, attempts comedy but lacks the writing skills to support it. The show relies on a plethora of…


Added by Emma Carlson on January 7, 2016 at 9:09pm — 1 Comment

I Have Decided to Marry This Musical

When impoverished Monty D’Ysquith Navarro learns that he is the distant heir to the lordship of Highhurst, blood runs thicker than water as Monty creatively murders his own kin for wealth and power. In this vastly entertaining musical about a young man’s adventures as a killer, only love can trump the drama of death itself, as Monty is the suitor to two very different women: Sibella, the coquettish wife to a boring man she only married for wealth, and Phoebe, the lovably…


Added by R. Grace Carey on January 7, 2016 at 8:40pm — 2 Comments

The Definition of Charm

        Ok, let’s just get this out of the way: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is about a young man named Monty who needs to kill eight people because he’s sick of being poor and screwed over. There. That’s all someone who is thinking about seeing the show needs to know (or should know) before going…


Added by Broderick Johnson on January 7, 2016 at 8:31pm — 2 Comments

The D’Ysquiths may be dying, but I am LIVING for it

Charming overture plays, curtain goes up, the cast members simultaneously snap their heads to face the audience as a camera flashes, and warn the faint of heart to leave the theater through song. Even though this series of events takes place in the opening minute and a half of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” it provides an accurate summary of the Tony Award-winning musical as a whole. “Gentleman’s Guide,” currently touring in Minneapolis has an incredible score (charming music),…


Added by Leo Driessen on January 7, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Gentleman's guide to love and laughter

By Clare Judge


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is currently playing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. It is funny show with lots of twists and turns. This show is about a young man named Montague “Monty” who is finds out he has royal blood. He wants to everything he can to get closer and closer to the thrown once he realizes there are only 8 people ahead of him. As an audience, we have the privilege of following him through his journey to the…


Added by Clare Judge on January 7, 2016 at 7:39pm — 1 Comment

A gentleman’s guide to an acceptable show and shocking comedy.

What’s more fun than killing off your family to become wealthy?  I wouldn’t know because I’ve never been in such a situation, but Monty Navarro (Kevin Massey) has. When Mr. Navarro is informed by Miss Shingle (Mary VanArsdel) that he is 9th in line to the D’Ysquith fortune, he is quick to tell his love interest, Sibella Hallward (Kristen Beth Williams), in hopes that she will than fall for him because of his possible inheritance. Monty then decides to kill off the other eight…


Added by Claire Blonigen on January 7, 2016 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Oh the DIE'squiths!

Silliness reigns supreme in the musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a show filled with the oddest, quirkiest, and most outrageous characters you may ever see. While this musical is filled with constant laughter for some, it was mostly small, interspersed giggles for me. However, there is no disputing the talent of the cast and the entertainment the show will provide. The Tony Award winning musical penned by Robert L. Freedman with music by Steven Lutvak will be running at…


Added by Maddie Turk on January 7, 2016 at 5:52pm — 1 Comment


      The Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder opened at the State Theatre Tuesday, January 5, 2016. After hearing how amazing this show is I expected more. It was overwhelming and complex. The production, based on the Roy Horniman novel, ‘Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal,’ is the story of Monty Navarro, a young man in line to inherit a fortune who decides to speed up the process. It’s a fast-paced show covering the story of his murder…


Added by Anika Besst on January 7, 2016 at 5:40pm — 3 Comments

The D'ysquiths Should Stay Dead

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has been described in numerous reviews as uproarious, death defying, and restoring faith in the musical comedy. Therefore it was quite a surprise when I found myself only politely giggling at seemingly appropriate times, and spent most of the show wondering how the jokes could be any cornier. A Gentleman’s Guide showed a desperation for laughs that left many in the audience sitting in silence…


Added by Madilyn Duffy on January 7, 2016 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

What Could be Better than This?!!?!?!?

Every time you step into a theater you need to be ready to expect something different from the last show you saw. I loved the show Beautiful, so coming into A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder I was wondering how I would enjoy two very different shows. But boy I did. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder was hilarious and clever.

Most every time you walk into a…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on January 7, 2016 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

You'ld be Foolish to Think this Show is a Bore

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, this long-winded title belongs to none other than the winner of Best Musical at the 2014 Tony Awards. This being said, one’s expectations can be held at quite…


Added by Noah Coon on January 7, 2016 at 12:50am — 1 Comment

"Why Are All The D'Ysquiths Dying?" Because It's Hilarious

       A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a morbidly funny musical memoir of Monty Navarro who starts his life at the bottom and, through a series of unfortunate events, fights his way through the cut-throat politics of British society. From the visually appealing look…


Added by Jolie Olson on January 6, 2016 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Foolish to Think It'd Be A Disappointment

I’ve learned in all my years of attending theatre that you shouldn’t head into a show with too high of expectations. For when you expect too much, you’re likely to be disappointed. Thankfully, I did not go into A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder with expectations, and I was not disappointed. The musical, directed by Darko Tresnjak, tells the story of Montague “Monty” Navarro, played brilliantly by Kevin Massey, who discovers he is distantly related…


Added by Larissa Milles on January 6, 2016 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

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