Review: CLUE ON STAGE - The Cape Playhouse
Your favorite mystery-filled board game has come to life in a hilarious new play. Clue: On Stage opened last night at the Cape Playhouse here in Dennis, Massachusetts. With a gaggle of Broadway stars, this play is fun for the entire family.
Based on the 1985 movie of the same name, Clue brings together all of the famous characters we know and love to a mysterious mansion owned by a Mr. Body. We come to find out each character is being blackmailed for a mischievous crime but before anything can happen, a murder occurs. Hilarity ensures in this slapstick farce and keeps the audience guessing up to the very last minute.
Acclaimed actor and director Hunter Foster, who also provided additional material for the script, has brought this wonderful zany world to life on the stage. He has enlisted his superstar wife Jen Cody for the fabulous dance numbers that had the audience roaring with applause. A round of applause is due to Adam Koch whose scenic design was breathtaking.
As always, the highlight of a Cape Playhouse production is their fantastic cast. Lorenzo Pisoni led the cast as butler (and narrator) Wadsworth. A very demanding and intellectual role, Pisoni’s energy exuded from the stage. Crowd favorite and Broadway icon Nancy Opel played a delicious Mrs. Peacock. Her comic timing and playful attitude was ever present as with any part she plays. Stephen Derosa (who we loved in On The Town on Broadway), plays a daft Colonel Mustard with ease. Natalie Charle Ellis steps into Mrs. White mere days before opening after Jennifer Simmard had to leave the production. Ellis’ veracious White had the audience laughing all night. Tip of the hat to January Lavoy as a sexy Miss Scarlet, Duane Boutté as a peculiar Professor Plum, and Brian Carter as a lovable Mr. Green.
Clue: On Stage at its core is a fast paced mystery filled whodunit. A fantastic way to spend the last of our summer out here on the Cape.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 Stars
Clue: On Stage is playing at the Cape Playhouse until September 1st. Purchase tickets here: https://bit.ly/2Bxey68
Artistic Director Michael Rader announced the 93rd Season of the Cape Playhouse before the show and we are already buzzing about next summer’s fantastic lineup!
Reviewed by Kobi Kassal for Theatre Talk Boston