“Clue: On Stage” adapted by David Abbinanti, adapted for the stage by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Eric Price, Sandy RustinShow 

cluecoverClue: On Stage
based on the Paramount Pictures motion picture, based on the Hasbro board game Clue
adapted by David Abbinanti, adapted for the stage by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Eric Price, Sandy RustinShow

During the months of September and October of 2019 I was deeply immersed in the Clueniverse as I was cast as Colonel Mustard in the Lincoln Trail College Theater Production of “Clue: on stage.”  During this time with my fellow cast members we basically knew no other life other than memorizing lines and continuous rehearsals.

When the college announced that this was to be there fall performance, I knew I absolutely had to be in this production.  In fact on my audition sheet I wrote in large letters and all caps; “I HAVE TO BE IN THIS SHOW!!!”  I guess it worked because I got cast and began growing my mutton chops to be the best Colonel Mustard I could be.

The fun part about this play is that it is based on the Movie which was in turn based on the board game.  The movie stars Tim Curry as Wadsworth, the butler, and many other great comedic stars.  My role, Colonel Mustard, was played by Martin Mull in the movie.  He did the role as no one else could and at times was very subtle in his humor.  You see when this was announced as the fall show and before auditions I went back and watched the movie for a good laugh.  It held up over the years and did not let me down on the humor.  It still holds up.

As I read the play I noticed there was a bit of difference between my Colonel and the Martin Mull Colonel.  Mine was more of a bumbling fool according to the script and Mull’s Colonel was more of a clueless fool (pardon the pun).  There were times when I couldn’t find the right way to deliver a line or maybe just make the line land harder, so I would go back to the movie hoping for a little help.  But, there was no help to be had, I wasn’t playing my Colonel as Martin Mull did so I kept saying thanks but no thanks.  And went on to create my own.  It seemed to work out, I got all the laughs in the right places.  There were a couple of times where I took a fall on stage, not scripted, and was able to play it off as part of the character.  (I have the scars to prove those falls were real.)

So basically while the play is based on the movie there are plenty of differences to make this play stand on its own.  The characters are all the same beloved characters from the game and movie, but some of the lines have been switched to different characters delivering them.  Then there is the ending….nope….I won’t talk about that.

I was honored with a great pool of talent when it came to the other actors and the director so I don’t think those performances could have been any better.  We killed it every night. (literally and figuratively)

This play is a great whodunit that allows the audience to try to figure it out all the while the characters on stage entertain in such a hilarious way.  The lines are all perfectly written to extend suspense where needed and to provide a laugh in both subtle and hit you on the head with a candlestick ways.

Support local live theatre go see this show if it hits near you.   Even better get a troupe together and put on the show for some great laughs.

Play Details
It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

Comedy | 90 – 100 minutes
5 f, 5 m (10-20 actors possible: 5-10 f, 5-10 m)
Set: Various rolling set pieces imply different rooms in a mansion.
Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-902-9