“THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940," through Feb. 24, Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State St., Salt Lake City (801-957-3322 or grandtheatrecompany.com); running time: 2 hours (one intermission)
Just like the “Clue” board game, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” keeps its audience on the edge of their seats, giving viewers a variety of twists and turns throughout the performance.
The play, by John Bishop, focuses on a group of individuals gathering together to prepare for a play, which is quickly turned upside down as individuals are killed unexpectedly. The question remains throughout the production: who’s the killer?
That question is answered by the end of play, which keeps audiences laughing and engaged throughout.
The set of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” is intricate and effectively brings the audience back to the 1940s. The character Elsa, played by actress Britty Marie, hosts the cast in her library. Green walls and dark wooden accents adorn the space, which includes a piano, a desk and an old-time radio. The cast uses these items throughout the play. It also features a variety of secret passageways, which sets the production up for action in its second half.
Gordon Dunn, who plays Eddie, and Michelle Lynn Thompson, who plays Nikki, shine throughout the play. The duo complement each other as they search for the killer and form a budding friendship.Comment on this story
Although the entire cast is comedic throughout, Vicki Bugmire as Bernice and Marie as Elsa steal the show comedically with their mannerisms and behavior. Eric Geels as O’Reilly and Savannah Moffat as Helsa both do a fantastic job assuming their characters with their accents.
The play often features low lighting, especially in its second half. The sound, however, was just right. With the audience being up close to the actual production, viewers feel almost as if they're in the cast themselves. Content advisory: “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” features adult themes, language and mild sexual humor.
If you go …
What: "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940"
When: Feb. 8-24
Where: Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State St.
How much: $17-$20