PLAY REVIEW: Here’s a hint: “Clue” is a fun show | Local News
VALDOSTA – “Clue: On Stage” by Theater Guild Valdosta should be fun for people familiar with the popular board game, the 1985 movie, or audiences unfamiliar with either – although they will miss it. several jokes inside.
But nothing to spoil the evening or the play.
Director Brock Gilliard leads a cast of crazy characters through a maze of intrigue and comedy. He lets his cast play and this playful spirit is reflected in the audience. He blocked a complex maze of staging that never fails to cut the joke short.
The chandelier scene immediately elicited laughter and applause from the audience.
The entire cast has times to amuse audiences, whether they only have a few minutes on stage before they become the next victim in a growing body count in this murder crime comedy, or if they are on stage for most of the performance.
Allyssa Barber, Devin Brunston, Barry Lyle, Dalton Bell, Amanda Sanderson and Patti Robertson are wonderful as the lead actors named for the characters in the game “Clue”: Mrs. Scarlett, Mr. Green, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mrs. White and Mrs. Peacock respectively.
It’s the mid-1950s and they arrive at Boddy Manor to meet their blackmailer, who has extorted money from them for various indiscretions. As they roam the mansion, they face an increasing number of murders as they each suspect the other.
The main actors revel in the eccentricities and peccadilloes of each character. They have great individual moments and work together as a strong whole. They move the show forward as definitely as they move around the mansion… more on that in a moment.
Wadsworth the Butler leads them through this intricate maze of murder and mirth. Bryan Layton shines as Wadsworth. He’s hilarious in both the delivery of the lines and the physical humor. Watch for the end-of-show scene where he recounts what has already happened … a wonderful time.
In many ways, the set Lynnette Kenworthy designed is as much of a character as any actor on the show. It has more than the usual number of doors needed in a prank.
But the walls around multiple doors also open up to create the illusion of a mansion with multiple rooms, so the characters don’t just wander in and out of the fixed doors, but doors that change position.
Given the complex maneuvers to not only put objects on and off the set, but also to keep the set moving from room to room, the stage crew of David Bass, Laurana Layton, Taylor Sharfner, Kamari Samuels, Abbilyn Burke and Kristina Latham received well-deserved stage attention during the encore. Kassandra Morris, Heather Dowdy and Brawdy Gupton, respectively assistant director, stage manager and assistant stage manager, all deserve a nod. Like all associated with this show.
A small complaint, the intermission seems unnecessary given that the show would last 90 minutes without him.
The intermission seems to slow some of the momentum in Act One before Act Two, but given the sprint-paced marathon for some of the cast and crew, there’s probably a need to catch a breath.
The opening night drew a large audience to the Dosta Playhouse, with most spectators following the mandatory mask rule.
That said, “Clue: On Stage” is a nice throwback to Theater Guild comedy.
Theater Guild Valdosta’s “Clue: On Stage” continues at 7:30 pm September 24-25, September 30-October 30. 2; 2 p.m., September 26, The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St. More Information: Call (229) 24-STAGE or visit www.theatreguildvaldosta.com. Masks are compulsory for the public.