Clue: Live on Stage! – Play – Review – The 5th Avenue Theatre

@showsiveseen Happy opening weekend to the "Clue: Live on Stage!" #murderMystery #comedy #play national tour at @The 5th Avenue Theatre. Light, short, quick-witted play full of #amusing caricatures & delightful choreographed scene transitions. Loved John Shartzer's portrayal of the slightly flamboyant Mr. Green. Closes on 7/21. #mystery #whodunit #showsiveseen #theatre #clue Review: showsiveseen.com/9041 Photos: @Evan Zimmerman Director: Casey Hushion Stage Mgr: Margot Whitney, Emily Kritzman, & @Maria DiVittorio ♬ PRETTY PLEASE – Dutch Melrose & benny mayne

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Happy opening weekend to the Clue: Live on Stage! murder mystery comedy play national tour at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Light, short, quick-witted show full of amusing caricatures and delightful choreographed scene transitions. Loved John Shartzer’s portrayal of the slightly flamboyant Mr. Green. Closes on 7/21.

Recommendation
See it if you enjoy murder mystery whodunit comedies like The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 or Something’s Afoot


Synopsis from the Licensor or Theatre Company: Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble at Boddy Manor for a night they’ll never forget! Was it Mrs. Peacock in the study with the knife? Or was it Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? Based on the fan-favorite 1985 Paramount Pictures movie and inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is the ultimate whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter and keep you guessing until the final twist.

My Synopsis (No Spoilers): Someone is murdering guests in a mysterious manor. Who’s the killer?

Attended Performance Date: Opening Night 7/10/24 – Buy your tickets now since the show closes on 7/21.

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several rooms in a manor

Static (Stationary) Set? Mostly no. The background of the stage was stationary, but the walls occasionally expanded to reveal additional rooms. Also, set backgrounds descended from the ceiling to depict other rooms.

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but I imagine you might enjoy this play more if you saw the movie. I never saw the movie, and I still enjoyed the show.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes, but the story encompassed a single evening. It did not span multiple days like a typical plot.

Equity Actors: All

Total Number of Actors: 11

Perceived Pace of the Show: Fast speed

Was there an intermission? No

Length (Including Any Intermission): 75 minutes – it was so short that the sun was still out when I exited the theatre.

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show? No, I previously saw Clue in a community production at The Pheonix Theatre.

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now? No. It’s a good script, but twice is enough for me.

Mainstream Appeal: Medium

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned Above

  • Caricatures: The show was filed with a plethora of funny caricatures. My favorite was the cute, closeted (total bottom for sure), and nimble Mr. Green (played by John Shartzer). He reminded me of a dainty, flexible, un-buff Clark Kent. Also, a dumb brute (Colonel Mustard played by John Treacy Egan) is always a crowd pleaser. Colonel Mustard was actually the most memorable character from the previous Clue production I attended.
  • Funny Script: The script was quick-witted with some slapstick. The audience needed to think fast to not miss any punch lines. I remember someone behind me suddenly exclaimed “Oh Shit!” because of something hilarious.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Mystery Shows: I’m surprised The 5th Avenue Theatre decided to produce two whodunit mystery shows (Clue: Live on Stage! and Something’s Afoot) this season. I would expect just one (if any) to ensure show genre diversity. While both shows were well-written and well-executed, I’m generally not a fan of the whodunit genre.

Theatre Company: National tour brought by The 5th Avenue Theatre

Venue: The 5th Avenue Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Price Range: $49-200

Tickets: https://www.5thavenue.org/shows/2023-2024/clue/

Ticket Affordability Options: The 5th Avenue Theatre often partners with organizations you’re affiliated with for discount tickets. For example, they sometimes offer a discount for my employer affiliation. Rush tickets are also available day-of at the box office.

Dates: July 9 to 21, 2024

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: When I don’t walk to the theatre or park on the street, I park in the paid garage at the Motif Hotel northwest of the theatre. The entrance is on 5th Ave. Do NOT park in the Hilton garage (entrance on 6th Ave). That’s where most of the audience (and I think the subscribers) parks, so it’s a nightmare to leave. However, the Hilton garage is the closest garage to the theatre and you can access the theatre through a tunnel if you want to avoid the elements. But, in my opinion, this benefit is not worth the time wasted leaving the garage.

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The Company of the North American tour of CLUE. Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.
The Company of the North American tour of CLUE. Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.
The Company of the North American tour of CLUE. Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.
John Shartzer and Tari Kelly in the North American tour of CLUE. Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.
Elisabeth Yancey and John Shartzer in the North American tour of CLUE. Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.

53% Of – Play – Review – Sound Theatre Company

@showsiveseen Steph Del Rosso's "53% Of" #play by @Sound Theatre Company at @Seattle Center Theatre. Funny parody of social justice warriors. And I always love a portrayal of conservative WASPy suburban housewives. Good dialogue & execution. Show closes on 6/30! #whitePeople #whiteGuilt #caucasians #showsiveseen #theatre Review: showsiveseen.com/8997 Photos: @giaoo2 Directors: @Mona_Lisa_Turtle ♬ Blue Butterfly – Neon Dreams

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Steph Del Rosso’s 53% Of play by Sound Theatre Company at Seattle Center Theatre. Funny parody of social justice warriors. And I always love a good portrayal of conservative WASPy suburban housewives. #whitePeople #whiteGuilt #caucasians

Recommendation
See it if you’re okay with plays that are more dialogue than action.


Synopsis from the Licensor or Theatre Company: Named for the percentage of white women who (according to initial exit polls) voted for Trump in 2016, 53% Of skewers different voter demographics: a conservative Pennsylvania moms group, their husbands, an enclave of progressive 20-something New Yorkers planning a march–as long as it doesn’t interfere with their yoga. This election year satire, set during 2016-17 with an all-female-presenting cast, holds an unfiltered mirror while asking us how truthfully we see ourselves.

My Synopsis (No Spoilers): Listen to conversations between white Americans on the right and left of the political spectrum. None are in the center.

Attended Performance Date: Opening Night 6/15/24 – Keep your eyes peeled for preview posts on my website and social media if you want earlier notification of shows I’ve seen. Buy your tickets now since the show closes on 6/30.

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: 4 scenes

Several or Few Settings/Locations: 4 locations

Static (Stationary) Set? Yes

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: You should be aware of the American political zeitgeist before and after the 2016 election.

Defined Plot/Storyline: No, it was more dialogue than plot. Usually, I don’t enjoy dialogue plays as much, but this one was actually alright.

Equity Actors: 1

Total Number of Actors: 6

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium to fast speed. Usually, I frequently check the clock in dialogue plays, but this time I did not.

Was there an intermission? No

Length (Including Any Intermission): 100 minutes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show? Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now? No

Mainstream Appeal: Medium to Low

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned Above

  • Social Justice Warrior Scene: Coming from a Texan living in woke Seattle, I enjoyed the parody of holier-than-thou Brooklyn social justice warriors one-upping each other and finding new ways to be triggered/offended. I had to look up what the heck “intersectionality” meant after the show! Were the necklaces made of tampons? The scene culminated into a bizarre white guilt frenzy reminiscent of Pentecostals speaking in tongues.
  • Conservative Suburban Housewives: I always love a good portrayal of WASP-y suburban (desperate) housewives. The more “Stepford,” the better. Bring in the marshmallow salad and PTA mom cat fights! Clutch those pearls and let the red wine flow in the Real Housewives of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Rant(s)

  • Male Portrayal: The male characters played by female actors didn’t seem very realistic. I’m not sure if it was the script or the execution.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Message from the Playwright: The play was entertaining, but I couldn’t decipher the moral of the story. Was it just “Both conservatives and liberals are crazy?”
  • Title: I rarely read the synopsis of a show before I attend it. Throughout watching this this play, I continued to wonder why the playwright named it 53% Of. I still don’t understand why even after the seeing show and after reading the synopsis. The play wasn’t about the 53% of white women Trump supporters.

Theatre Company: Sound Theatre Company

Venue: Center Theatre at Seattle Center

Venue Physical Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Price: $25

Tickets: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36643/production/1199127

Ticket Affordability Options: You can self-select the $5 inclusion price level on the ticketing website.

Dates: June 15 to June 30, 2024

Seating: General Admission

Parking: Paid street parking or paid lot/garage parking. I usually park on the street near the skating park (313 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109) East of the theatre. It’s more expensive on Climate Pledge Arena event days though. In that case, I might take the bus or park in South Lake Union around Dexter Avenue and Harrison Street.

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Photo by Giao Nguyen.
Photo by Giao Nguyen.
Photo by Giao Nguyen.
Photo by Giao Nguyen.
Photo by Giao Nguyen.
Photo by Giao Nguyen.

Clyde’s – Play – Review – ArtsWest & The Hansberry Project

@showsiveseen So #hungry from Lynn Nottage's "Clyde's" #play by ArtsWest & The Hansberry Project that I bought a #sandwich after the show. Wonderful realistic scenic design of a gritty #restaurant #kitchen from Jennifer Zeyl. Good commentary on #exfelons' reintegration into society. Performing until 6/30. #excriminals #exconvicts #theatre #showsiveseen #food ♬ Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You (2006 Remaster) [Single Version] – Wilson Pickett

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): So hungry from Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s play by ArtsWest & The Hansberry Project that I bought a sandwich after the show. Wonderful realistic scenic design of a gritty restaurant kitchen from Jennifer Zeyl. Good commentary on ex-felons’ reintegration into society. #excriminals #exconvicts

Recommendation
See it, especially if you enjoy plays that are more dialogue than action.


Synopsis from the Theatre or Licensor: In CLYDE’S, a truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at redemption. Even as the shop’s callous owner tries to keep them down, the staff members learn to reclaim their lives, find purpose, and become inspired to dream by their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich.

Attended Performance Date: Opening Weekend 6/8/24 – Keep your eyes peeled for preview posts on my website and social media if you want earlier notification of shows I’ve seen. Buy your tickets now since the run ends 6/30.

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: A couple

Several or Few Settings/Locations: One, a kitchen

Static (Stationary) Set? Yes

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No

Defined Plot/Storyline: The script was less action and more dialogue. I usually don’t prefer dialogue plays, but this script was easier to enjoy than other plays with less story.

Equity Actors: 2

Total Number of Actors: 5

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium speed

Was there an intermission? No

Length (Including Any Intermission): 90 minutes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show? Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now? No, but it was good

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned Above

  • Food-themed Plays: Incorporating food in live theatre is such an effective (and easy?) way to win over the audience. It awakens the primal hunger response in all of us. Even now, I’m still making sandwiches at home because of the play … and I usually don’t make sandwiches. I even started making my own mayonnaise!

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Clyde: It took me a while to realize that Tracy Michelle Hughes was Clyde. I was expecting a guy.
  • Symbolism: The script makes you think. And I have so many unanswered questions on its symbolism. Like, what did the relish represent? What did Clyde represent? Did a sandwich represent hope? What did Clyde eating represent? What did the fire represent?
  • Ending (No Spoiler): Similarly, I didn’t understand play’s last couple seconds. Also, what was the script’s ultimate message?

Theatre Company: ArtsWest and The Hansberry Project

Venue: ArtsWest

Venue Physical Address: 4711 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Price: $40-45

Tickets: https://www.artswest.org/events/clydes/

Dates: June 6 to June 30, 2024

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: There are paid lots and free street parking. I usually park on 44th or 45th Ave behind the theatre.

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In Partnership with The Hansberry Project ArtsWest presents Clyde’s by Lynn Nottage. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Photo by John Mclellan.
In Partnership with The Hansberry Project ArtsWest presents Clyde’s by Lynn Nottage. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Photo by John Mclellan.
In Partnership with The Hansberry Project ArtsWest presents Clyde’s by Lynn Nottage. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Photo by John Mclellan.
In Partnership with The Hansberry Project ArtsWest presents Clyde’s by Lynn Nottage. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Photo by John Mclellan.
In Partnership with The Hansberry Project ArtsWest presents Clyde’s by Lynn Nottage. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Photo by John Mclellan.

Preview Post – 53% Of – Play – Sound Theatre Company

Happy opening night to Sound Theatre Company’s “53% Of” play production at Seattle Center Theatre. Performing until 6/30. Stay tuned for my full review! #Liberals #Conservatives #whitePeople #whiteGuilt #caucasians

Final Full Review (Posted 06/27/24): https://www.showsiveseen.com/53-of-play-review-sound-theatre-company/

Tickets: https://soundtheatrecompany.org/2024-season/53-of/

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Preview Post – Clyde’s – Play – ArtsWest & The Hansberry Project

Happy opening weekend to Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s play at ArtsWest with The Hansberry Project. Performing until 6/30. Stay tuned for my full review! #sandwich #hungry #food #felons #criminals #excons #restaurant #kitchen

Final Full Review (Posted 6/21/24): https://www.showsiveseen.com/clydes-play-review-artswest-the-hansberry-project/

Tickets: https://www.artswest.org/events/clydes/

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