A hilarious whodunit: Clue dazzles at the Grand

A photo of the stage for Clue, featuring actors backdropped by a set designed to look like a mansion. CREDIT: DAHLIA KATZ
Clue will have you howling with laugher from start to finish.

Clue, the iconic board game that you probably have lying around in your family home, brought constant laughter to the Spriet Stage at The Grand Theatre. On Friday March 15, the 90-minute production had its opening night with a full crowd. As someone who had never played the game before or watched the movie, I wasn’t sure what I had signed myself up for when I arrived. To be honest, I only knew Clue as the board game that was stacked below Monopoly on my shelf at home. Now, when I hear Clue, instant laughter is brought to my mind.

It all starts with a strike of lightning followed by a rumbling of thunder that was so bright and loud that I almost believed there was a storm outside. The stage is set as a two-storey house where you could see the different rooms that the cast move their ways through.

For those of you who don’t know anything about Clue, it’s a murder mystery story, which follows a group of individuals who live in Washington DC, all of whom are invited to a house for a dinner party. Unaware of who the host is and why they have been invited to this dinner party, things take a turn when dead bodies begin appearing around them. As morbid as that sounds, this was hilarious. You can laugh, we all did!

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The first murder on stage occurs when the “owner” (who acknowledges that he is blackmailing all his guests to keep their secrets quiet), gives them weapons and turns off the lights. One by one, the guests try to pinpoint who the murderer was.

Through the hiccups of having a motorist and policeman come into the house where dead bodies are, the laughter still prevailed. One out of the many funny moments is when the policeman realizes that there are two rooms that the guests are being particularly suspicious about. When the officer gets into one of the rooms with two dead bodies, the cast portrays that they are still alive by dancing with one and embracing another.

For 90 minutes, I really couldn’t imagine that laughter would still be coming to me, but I was wrong! Down to the very end, when the real owner dies, he cracks jokes that include him collecting money from someone in the audience.

Reena Jolly, who plays Miss Scarlet, agreed this scene at the end of the production is one of the funniest. Jolly said that it’s always hilarious for her because the end isn’t scripted.

“For me, I think it’s when Wadsworth is dying at the end of the play for like, 10 minutes, because in rehearsal, none of that is scripted,” Jolly said.

If you really want to laugh, this is the production that just can’t be missed.

This production was also directed by former Grand Theatre Artistic Director, Dennis Garnhum.

Clue will be playing at the Grand Theatre until March 31 and you can find ticket information at grandtheatre.com.