It's no mystery, 'Clue' delivers comedic fun

| October 17, 2020 1:00 AM

"Clue" opens at the Panida Theater on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Originally a board game, "Clue" was imagined into a screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, and written for stage by Sandy Rustin. This is a production of the non-musical version of this play.

"Clue" play director Becky Revak, along with the cast of 12, have cleared many hurdles since originally scheduling the performances for this past June. Due to COVID-19, the cast began rehearsals over Zoom, canceled and rescheduled the production twice. This has led to a final, complete cast and crew determined to present this fast-paced, uproarious mystery comedy in true theatrical splendor.

Revak's experience with live comedy performances and specific, physical timing cues were a perfect fit when selecting "Clue" for the Panida.

The cast has met and overcome the challenges of this production, presenting a vibrant, fast-paced mystery comedy, Revak said.

The large cast includes familiar local comedic stage talents Kate McAlister, Cory Repass, Sarah Caruso and Amy Sherman. Andrew Sorg, a prolific Sandpoint stage actor in the past, is back and brings a great energy to the cast.

Lead character Wadsworth the Butler, played by Dean Thomas, carries the play with his immense amount of dialogue and comedic antics. The cast is rounded out by talented newcomers Holly Beaman, Penelope Olson, Bret Johnson, Ryan Durbin, Steve Durbin, and Russ Sabin. Sabin plays two roles, and also designed and built the set. Sound designer Josh Vest is like another character in the play, with multiple cues and tight timings for superb supporting music and effects.

"Clue" will be on stage at the Panida Theater on Oct. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, and $8 for 18 and under. Seating is limited due to COVID-19 protections. Tickets can be bought online at www.panida.org and will also be available at the door.

"Clue" will be the twelfth Panida Playhouse Players production since 2016. This is the Panida's second live theater production since its soft opening in August with "The Festival of the Bards", which showcased three original one-act plays by local area playwrights.

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Cast members for “Clue” pose for a photo during a recent dress rehearsal.

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Cast members for “Clue” pose for a photo during a recent dress rehearsal. "Clue" will be on stage at the Panida Theater on Oct. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

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Cast members for the “Clue” staff pose for a photo. Originally a board game, a stage production of ”Clue" will open on the Panida state on Thursday, Oct. 22.