INDIANAPOLIS — It was a dark and stormy night when six shady characters entered the comedy.
That’s the premise of “Clue,” a murder mystery based on the Parker Brothers board game, which runs through February 5th at the Beef & Board Dinner Theater. (As it happens, it was really raining the night we went.)
whodunit kicks off the theater’s 50th anniversary season, marking the 42nd anniversary of its purchase by Douglas E. Stark and Bob Zehr. Stark and his children are now owners.
The next season will include ‘Americans in Paris’, which has been postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic. A huge cast of ‘Joseph and his Dreamcoat in Amazing Technicolor’. “Beauty and the Beast” season his family show. “Footloose;” such as the indie debut of the musical “Grumpy Old Men.”
First designed in England nearly 80 years ago, Clue lets players explore the rooms of a mansion to discover murder suspects and weapons.
In this stage adaptation, characters humorously jog through a pentagonal door. This is a clever concept that minimizes set changes.
It was the 1940s, the time of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and there was a minor mention of six visitors assembled by the mansion’s owner, but enough to cast suspicion. On the other hand, it is enough to feel something, be it warmth or disgust.
The pacing is generally witty and fast, avoiding deep characterizations to keep the body building.
And rather than extending action or allegations beyond our patience, the show is under two hours long. increase.
So while the stage set reflects a dark and stormy night, “Clue” offers an evening of warmth and wit.