A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder and Love
by The Old Globe

OLD GLOBE Gentleman Review
World Premiere Opens on Old Globe Stage
By Ruth Lepper 

An outstanding world premiere of the Darko Tresnjak-directed “A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder and Love” is coming across with aplomb on the Old Globe stage.

First glimpse of this outstanding production is a stupendous set designed by Alexander Dodge. Backdrops to a stage on stage creatively highlight an overall effect. 

The musical comedy stars Tony Award- winning Jefferson Mays, with ties to San Diego, and Ken Barnett.

Mays plays a multitude of roles, mainly the murder victims. He is exceptional in bringing out the best of each of his eight characters, often fooling the audience if they hadn’t read the program in advance.

Mays is well remembered locally for his one-man show, “I Am My Own Wife,” that went on to Broadway from here, earning him the coveted Tony Award. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. 

Barnett plays Monte Navarro, a suspected murderer narrating the play from his jail cell with flashbacks to the dastardly deeds of which he is accused. 
Navarro turns out to be an heir to the D’Ysquith fortunes, unbeknownst to Monte until his mother’s death. He is visited by a Miss Shingle, delightfully played by Rachel Izen, who informs him of his mother’s past.

The only thing standing in Monte’s way is that he is eighth in line for the title of Lord D’Ysquith. As we learn of the outcome of his newly found relatives, the stage on stage opens up to reveal each scene.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder and Love” is based on a book by Robert L. Freedman with music by Steven Lutvak. 

Choreography is by Peggy Hickey. Music director is Mike Ruckles, with Jonathan Tunick as the orchestrator. 

Outstanding costumes are by Linda Cho. Lighting design is by Philip S. Rosenberg, with sound design by Dan Moses Schreier.

Performances continue through April 14. Call the box office at 619-234-5623 or check the Web site at for more information. Ticket prices start at $39.