Family farce, murder at Tuacahn this season

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tuacahn)
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tuacahn)
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tuacahn)

When it comes to family drama, nothing comes close to the hilarious hijinks taking over the indoor Hafen Theatre at Tuacahn in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder opening July 5.

Winner of four Tony Awards, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder tells the story of Monty Navarro, a lowborn Englishman who learns he is eighth in line for the title and fortune of the D’Ysquith family. Impatient to inherit ahead of the odious relatives in line, Navarro (played by Nick Tubbs) uses his impeccable charm and a talent for murder to speed up the process.

“It’s very farcical,” says Peggy Hickey, director and choreographer for the show. “We watch and root for him, even though he’s a serial killer.

Hickey’s roots with the production go all the way back to its Broadway run where she worked as the original choreographer. As the rehearsal process for the Tuacahn production unfolds, Hickey says the play, the script and the timing are relatively unchanged from her earlier experience with the show. Yet it feels spontaneous each time they do it.

“There’s a real formula to comedy,” Hickey says. “You have to trust the material.”

And the material is well worth the magnanimous praise it has received.

“It’s easily one of the funniest things I’ve seen on Broadway,” says Scott Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn.

A cast of 10 portrays around 25 different roles, which requires a high level of talent that Hickey says she has definitely found in the Tuacahn cast. Plus each person has to have the ability to withstand multiple deaths. For example, one actor plays eight different members of the family, both male and female.

“He gets killed over and over and over,” Hickey says. “It’s really brilliant.”

Because the murders are clearly far-fetched and funny, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is suitable for nearly everyone in the family.

“It’s definitely for grown ups, but kids over the age of 10 will really enjoy it too,” Hickey says.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy delightful Tuacahn talent from inside the air-conditioned Hafen Theatre. The show runs through Aug. 10. Tickets start at just $25. For more information log onto

And don’t miss out on Tuacahn’s other summer offerings, Disney’s When You Wish, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and The Sound of Music all happening in the outdoor amphitheater. Call 435-652-3300 for tickets.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.