Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater 

Monk attends a popular new play starring Sharona's sister Gail. But when Gail appears to stab and kill her costar during the live performance, Sharona calls Monk in to investigate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Fleming
Jenna Ryan
Karl Sebastian
David Doty ...
Kane Ritchotte ...
Mark Phinney ...
Hal Duncan
Judge (as Gwen Mcgee)
Jorge Luis Abreu ...
Salon Manager


Sharona's actress sister, Gail, is suspected of murdering Hal Duncan, a fellow actor who dies onstage after Gail stabs him with what she insists is a retractable knife. When Sharona's mother (who thinks that Sharona is Monk's partner, not his assistant) arrives for a visit and Sharona tells her the bad news, Monk and Sharona promise to "do whatever it takes" to discover what really happened. "Whatever it takes" turns out to be a bit more than Monk bargained for, however. After talking with the props manager, he begins to suspect that Jenna Ryan, Gail's understudy, somehow killed Duncan and framed Gail, even though she was at a party on the other side of town when Duncan died. In order to talk with and observe Jenna, he endures a painful half hour at a speed dating service and even agrees to take the dead man's part in the play for two days until a new actor arrives. While Monk is on stage battling stage fright and fully aware that one of the knives on the stage is real, Sharona ... Written by WyattJones

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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1 August 2003 (USA)  »

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When the actor is stabbed onstage, the knife sticks out of his chest on its own, even though his costar used a prop blade that did not penetrate him. See more »


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Where my interest may've been piqued
2 December 2008 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

I had some familiarity with this show before I saw this show.I'm not sure,but I might've caught this as a re-run,but nevertheless,I feel like this show may've been where the light went on for me in terms of thinking this show really was more than good but truly unique.

GUest star Amy Sedaris(an actress I've been in love with since "Exit 57" or at least "Strangers With CAndy")is the sister of Monk's assistant Sharonna. She's an aspiring stage actress,and on the opening night or week of the stage production she's in,she kills the male lead with what she thought was the prop knife she was supposed to attack him with. A case this seemingly closed would seem to be a waste of the brilliant,OCD detective's time. Seems is the operative word.

Directed by Ron Underwood,this show is a fantastic set up of a crime mystery as well as yet another great exhibition of Tony Shaloub's continual building upon the title detective,as well as good supporting turns for the rest of the regulars--Bitty Schramm as Sharonna,Ted LEvine as Styottlemyre and JAson Gray-Stanford as Disher--and a nice buffering guest support from SEdaris,Betty BUckley(As Sharonna and sister's mother)and Melissa GEorge(As the understudy).

To single out any show would probably somewhat of a pointless endeavor for this show. So many of these episodes are filled with brilliant writing and acting,but this show probably really caught my attention for this show. Assuming you enjoy this show as well,what's yours?

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