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"Clue"

by Tony Annicone

Bay Colony's current show at the Orpheum Theatre is "Clue". The play is a farce-whodunnit-cocktail-party-turned-multiple homicides that will leave you guessing who the culprit is all night long. It is a stage adaptation of the popular Parker Brothers board game. On a dark and stormy evening in 1952, Wadsworth the butler, and Yvette, the maid, welcome six politically-vulnerable and pseudonym named guests, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mr. Green and Mrs. Peacock, to a swanky mansion for a mysterious cocktail party. Wadsworth reveals they have all been gathered to confront their blackmailer, the enigmatic, Mr. Body. A shot in the dark and Mr. Body's body leave them all with a new problem; they must discover which one of them is the killer before the police arrive. Multiple murders occur and the six unusual suspects have to figure out the answer to those three burning questions: Who did it? Where? And with what? Director Steve Dooner directs this show tongue in cheek, creating an entertaining evening of fun and frolic for audiences of all ages.

Steve infuses the show with an array of comic performance that will leave you laughing all night long. The shtick of this farce is hysterical. From the hilarious doorbell chimes to the constant running in and out of all the nine rooms and secret passageways, to the startling reveal at the end of the show. The show has three different endings so if you tell a friend whodunnit, it won't be the same killer. During dinner Wadsworth reveals that each one of the guests is being blackmailed and when the seventh guest Mr. Body appears, it is revealed that he is the blackmailer. Mr. Body hands each of the guests a box, containing a weapon. He tries to convince them to kill Wadsworth or be exposed. A shot is fired but who really gets killed? Matthew Maggio commands the stage as Wadsworth, the butler. He runs in and out of every room at rapid speed while delivering a multitude of dialogue. Matthew has a marvelous British accent and is a hoot in this role. I last reviewed him as Carmen Ghia last summer in "The Producers". Yvette,the sexy French maid is well played by Crystal Ferdman. She has secrets to hide as do all the guests. Her French accent is topnotch. The guests and suspects are Colonel Mustard who works in Washington DC and is played by Bill Roberts, Mrs White the gorgeous buxom Margaret Kelly who gets to strut her stuff, Mrs. Peacock the lovely red head, Marianne Phinney,who wears the most hilarious blue costume complete with feathered headdress, Mr. Green played by Jack Ferdman who has many comic pratfalls and gets thrown around the stage by Wadsworth during the recap of the murders, Miss Scarlet the lovely blonde Courtney Woods who is clad in a bright and full length red gown and Professor Plum played by Craig Lampert-Soto who is a shrink with a lusty past. All six performers are hilarious and each have their moments to shine during the show. Telling anymore of their characters would give away too much of the plot. Rounding out the cast as the dastardly Mr. Body is Brandon Homer, Ben Stamper plays the motorist, Brian London the cop and Shannon Oriola as Mrs. Ho, the cook and evangelist and Maysa Bourham the Singing Telegram So for a side splitting comedy, be sure to catch "Clue" in Foxboro.

"Clue" (12 - 15 May)
BAY COLONY PRODUCTIONS
@ Orpheum Theatre, 1 School Street, foxboro ma
1(508)543-ARTS

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