Clue — The Musical
Produced by The Company Company
Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 6:30 p.m.
$15 on Oct. 22, $45 all other dates
Boone Hall Plantation: The Cotton Dock
1235 Long Point Road
For $15, you can't beat the value of this dinner theater. At $45, it depends on how much you love the food at 82 Queen.
Based on the original board game, Clue has seen a couple of iterations — first on the screen in a love-it-or-hate-it offering and then on the stage in a humorous but forgettable musical. Even though it had only 29 shows before closing Off Broadway, it still has a lot of entertainment value for those who love the board game.
In Company Company's Clue, the audience plays along by picking out three cards that go in the "confidential" envelope. These determine who, where, and with what Mr. Boddy was killed. Then the audience is asked to solve the murder.
And that's where things fall apart.
Unlike Shear Madness, which has managed to perfect the art of audience participation, Clue suffers from a lack of purpose.
The songs leave the us wondering if they are clues or just filler. There is a lot of overacting that mimics the 1984 movie. Songs are forgettable, lines more puns than jokes, and the plot rambles to the unveiling of the answers. The staging is somewhat constrictive, leaving actors dancing in place much of the time.
Still, there is a talented cast here with mostly strong voices, and they are genuinely having fun on stage. In the pleasant open-air setting of the Cotton Dock, it's easy to sit back and not worry too much about the quality of the script.
Bill Schlitt oozes charm as Mr. Boddy. The ever humorous Jamie Smithson is Mr. Green. Kathy Summer, as Mrs. Peacock, is a pleasure to watch. Dinner theater is rare in Charleston and this one has enough going for it to make it worth your time and money.