The data following the overview often signifies the place, geographically talking, the present is going down. Technically, it came about in our granddaughter’s bed room in Albany as a result of that’s the place I watched it, with the pc propped up on her desk.
However truly the manufacturing had been just lately filmed in Congregation Beth Israel in Schenectady and was being streamed to our home, on Thursday, December 10.
I miss really reside theater, however I’m glad that such forces as Traditional Theater Guild have discovered a method to keep the enjoyment of doing theater and presenting it to us throughout this terrible time. CLUE is a light-hearted piece of homicide and mayhem tailored by Sandy Rustin (story by Jonathan Lynn) that, with a libation and a snack readily available, helps to pleasantly go a winter’s night time.
Primarily based on the favored board sport, the script introduces us to a manor home in 1954 (be aware the references to Eisenhower and McCarthy) the place, after being summoned by proprietor Mr. Boddy, a bunch of six characters being blackmailed by him reveals up. When every is launched, we study that their odd appearances conceal some shady doings.
The butler, Wadsworth (Kevin O’Toole), welcomes them, however when the primary useless physique — Mr. Boddy (get it?) — seems, he takes over the internet hosting duties. Earlier than the night time is thru, a half dozen persons are useless, and the visitors, beneath Wadsworth’s route, then have to search out out who dedicated the murders. Was it certainly one of them? The place? Within the conservatory? With what? The candlestick?
The script is loaded with groan-worthy one-liners, which signifies that you’ll have extra enjoyable than you’d in any other case in the event you watch this present with another person. Instance: Colonel Mustard (John Quinan): “Are you making an attempt to make me look silly in entrance of the others?” Wadsworth: “You don’t want my assist.” Oh, to be surrounded by an viewers!
The taking part in is broad and the voices are loud, however after you get used to this model, you possibly can settle in and take the piece by itself phrases. The excellent news is that director Michael Silvia and his forged don’t apologize for any of it and easily play it persistently and have enjoyable. The numerous ensemble reactions to sure moments are effectively executed. I additionally loved the choreographed actions from one room in the home to a different.
Cassidy Stanley’s atmospheric music and Bob Healy’s sound remedy are positive inventive touches. Nick Nealon and Silvia do proper by the difficult video work.
Along with O’Toole and Quinan, the spirited forged consists of Jason Cromie, Leslie Eliashuk, George Filieau, Rebecca Gardner, Julianna Kopa, Kendra Roberts, Russell Roberts, Christine Vermilyea, and Janice Walz.
O’Toole excels in an amusing scene recounting the night’s occasions, and Russell Roberts, as Mr. Inexperienced, performs some nifty bodily comedy and affords a positive explanatory monologue at play’s finish.
Masks? Shade-coordinated with the identify of the character! Do they intervene with our appreciation of the motion? Effectively, we have now turn into used to them, so apart from lacking facial expressions (compensated for by gestures and emphatic line-reading), we alter somewhat rapidly.
Oh, one final groaner: after Miss Scarlet tries to worm her means out of being accused of homicide, the chief of police says, “Frankly, Miss Scarlet, I don’t give a rattling.”
WHAT: CLUE: On Stage
WHERE: Traditional Theater Guild
WHEN: Dec. 11 & 12, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 13, 3:00 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $19.95
MORE INFO: Fb, Traditional Theater Guild; 518.387.9150; or go to www.tinyurl.com/getcluetix