Clue: On Stage
Based on Screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, with Additional Material by Hunter Foster & Eric Price
Based on Paramount Pictures film, Clue
Based on Hasbro Board Game, CLUE
Six guests arrive at a New England, country mansion in 1954; and soon each receive from the host a plain-paper-wrapped gift – either a dagger, a wrench, a rope noose, a revolver, a lead pipe, or a silver candlestick. Anyone who once played board games as a kid knows of course that the six carry the names of Miss Scarlet, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Professor Plum, and Colonel Mustard and that the mansion contains such rooms as a library, a study, and a conservatory with a secret passage to the lounge. The much-loved board game by Hasbro went on to become a 1985 Paramount Pictures film – now with a cult-like following – and a short-lived, 1997, Off-Broadway musical. In 2017, Sandy Ruskin took pieces of all these ventures and wrote Clue: On Stage; and it is this version of the original murder mystery game with its 216 possible endings of who killed whom, with what, and where that now receives an outlandishly fun and funny staging at Hillbarn Theatre – one that is packed full of slapstick and silly stunts amidst mounting murders and much mystery.
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Rating: 4 E
Clue: On Stage continues through June 19, 2022, in live performance by Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA. Tickets are available online at https://www.hillbarntheatre.org/
Photo Credit: Mark and Tracy Photos