Playing The Game Clue – The Musical
Colonel Mustard, with the candlestick, in the conservatory. Mrs. White, the loyal maid, in the kitchen with the knife.
Yes, it is Parker Brothers’ murder mystery game of Clue – musical version. It is a pretty funny, corny comedy with some excellent opportunities for a group of good character actors all on the Main Street stage.
The character actors take on three-dimensional versions of the cards in the game. Large version of the game cards are chosen by three audience volunteers at the start of “the game.” Mr. Boddy (the corpse) allows each volunteer to take a card for the murderer, the weapon, and the room, being first instructed not to look at the card they’ve chosen. And then, let the game and the murder commence. But pay attention, as you will have the chance to solve the crime as the clues are divulged.
Brett McAllister is our soon-to-be dead narrator. He takes his inevitable death in stride, his easygoing arrogance and coldness making him an apropos narrator for the game as well as an apropos murder victim as he shrewdly infuriates all his guests, making everyone a potential killer.
Mrs. White, Cynthia Berkland, leaves no doubt of her murderous capabilities, her charming cockney accent giving way to a not-so-subtle cockney temper as the hilarious actress goes postal in her kitchen in Life Is A Bowl of Pits.
But what about the sleazy Mr. Green? Grant Elsbernd is a riot with his voice and body language as a clich-challenged embezzler who talks like a classic B-movie gangster.
Unless it was a crime of passion! Enter the lovely, scorned, and amusing Miss Scarlet (Peggy Stolley) who has revenge on her mind, with Scarlet and Green teaming up to consider a smorgasbord of possible weaponry in Everyday Devices.
Mrs. Peacock has an axe to grind as well, with Jean Eichmeier lending her beautiful voice to Once a Widow.
Or was it, after all, Colonel Mustard? Kirk Haack is exactly as you’d imagined the old codger, a war hero in his own mind whose reminisces about his imagined glory days may just give him the courage to do something about the man with whom he has an old score to settle.
But how will the murder be solved? Enter a new character to Clue, the Detective! Diane Benjamin is the hard-nosed detective who is not intimidated by the other characters making fun of her for not being in the instruction book and deriding her as a lost piece from another game. But she is a little sensitive about people looking at her (she’s got a few psychological issues to work through). The Detective has her finger on the pulse of this character, and her hilarious song-and-dance with Professor Plum (John Tomkins) as Plum tries to seduce her, pretty successfully, giving us a glimpse of the uptight detective’s wilder side simmering just beneath the surface.
Throughout the production, the piano player (Holly Davidson) keeps a watchful eye on the antics of the game.
Getting the audience involved brings the game to life as they play Clue The Musical. See if you can win as the show continues on the Main Street stage this weekend with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.