"The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is a deceptively intricate work. I hope the audience will appreciate the play at its rudimentary style of farce. At the same time, the play will tickle the intellectual funny bone of those patrons who have experienced 1930s musical comedies (theatre and film), 1930s horror films and the likely familiar “who-done-it?” The characters are stock, but with a quirky combination of melodrama and musical theatre. The star-crossed lovers of the golden age of musical comedy are also the hero and heroine of the film genre."In 1940, the U.S. was a spectator of the war in Europe, a society obsessed with the intrigue of espionage and the mounting tension in Germany, relishing in early 20th century fascination with “exotic” Asian culture. Film and theatre of this era were rich with characters, themes, and plots that removed the audience from the reality of political uncertainty and the horror of impending human atrocities yet to come. Instead, in traditional theatrical fashion, theatre (and film) depicted human frailty, allowing theatre-goers to laugh at their own fears and weaknesses. "
~Trish Helsel, director