Enjoy La Comedia's delicious buffet and the hilarious live production of "Clue: The Musical." Was it Colonel Mustard? Maybe it was Professor Plum! There are 216 possible endings!
More than just a musical, the latest offering at La Comedia asks the audience to play along as the classic board game ‘Clue’ is brought to life. A murder is committed and the audience must Guess Who did it. There are six suspects to choose from as well as six possible weapons and six rooms where the crime could have been committed. Out of 216 possible solutions, only Uno is right. The first step is not to Connect Four, but just connect one suspect with a probable motive. There is a little Risk involved, but no danger of falling down any Chutes and Ladders. If the final guess is wrong, then Sorry, but you won’t be in Trouble. Correctly solving, ‘Clue: The Musical’ is just another challenge in The Game of Life.
The highlight of ‘Clue’ is certainly the opportunity to play along by following the clues to determine the murderer, weapon used, and in which room. It provides a unique viewing experience, as it’s presented in a never done before way at La Comedia. If not for being able to be a part of the action Clue would be much like a game of Monopoly, in that it seemingly takes forever to be done with. The cast is not entirely to blame, I just found the script to be flat, kind of like a board game. There are also no songs that stick in your head or big dance numbers.
Things do pick up in the second act, with the arrival of the Detective, played by the always delightful Janet Brucken of ‘Church Basement Ladies’ fame. She takes a no nonsense approach to solving the case, but still delivers some witty one liners. I would trust this Detective to select a Supreme Court nominee.
Other stand-out performances were given by Christopher ‘Topher’ Putman as the conniving shyster, Mr. Green. Known for his You Tube channel, ‘Nobody Special,’ and PBS series ‘Bug Bites,’ Putman is just despicable enough to be likeable. Though his name is Chris Kramer, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s really a Parker Brother because he’s game for anything. Kramer plays Professor Plum, and like the grammar he makes everyone use, his performance is perfect. Another stand-out is Katie-Lee Sutherland as Miss Scarlet. Sutherland stands-out not just because of how well she wears her form fitting dress, but oozes sex appeal with every word and movement.
Tasked with the toughest job is David Thomas as Mr. Boddy, who is not only the murder victim, but also the clue giver. Reminiscent of the Cat in the Hat from Seussical, Mr. Boddy speaks in rhyme, a lot of the time. Often forced to think on his feet, he deserves credit for not missing a beat. (Based on the cards a random volunteer picks) His lines are made different every night, with their purpose to help you pick right.
At the end of ‘the game,’ all of answer sheets are collected from the audience and from those with all the right answers a winner is picked for a prize. Good luck with ‘Clue: The Musical’ and we can only hope that a stage version of Candy Land be coming in the future.
Mike Woody is a life long resident of Dayton, and has a passion for writing, which is good because he doesn't excel at much of anything else, except eating.
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