If you ever yell “THE BUTLER DID IT!” (with or without brandished candlestick) when your roommate asks about the suspicious red (wine) stain on her new yellow carpet, this is the show for you. Wadsworth, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard and Mrs. Peacock are pressed into service at Hill House once again to solve the murder of poor (and oft-done away with) Mr. Boddy. Complete with blackmail, thickly spread lies, and weapons being passed around like canapes, this delightfully meta theatrical version of Clue is adapted from the movie, which was adapted from the game.
Boxcar Theatre deftly revisits the humor of this mid-80s cult classic as the audience watches from six feet in the air. Guests and the blundering butler comb the life-size board below for the killer and dash into secret passages beneath the seats. The comic crime and multiple endings are kept intact, and Boxcar's web site declares, “This completely ripped off production is the most original yet.”
January 7 - February 5. Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma Street. Tickets are $15-45 at boxcartheatre.org.