Paper Mill Playhouse now presents an extraordinarily entertaining production of Index which features a stellar cast of Broadway veterans. The show is inspired by the classic Hasbro game and based on the cult 1985 Paramount film. The screenplay is by Jonathan Lynn with writing by Sandy Rustin and additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price. The show boasts wonderful direction by Casey Hushion and original music by Michael Holland. You may have seen the film and played the board game countless times, but never experienced the intrigue, eccentricity and humor that Index brings Millburn to the scene. Production will continue until Sunday, February 20, just in time to attend with your Valentine.
The story takes place in 1954 on a dark and stormy night at Boddy Manor not far from Washington DC. In the elegant mansion, six mysterious guests are invited to a formal dinner. All participants are blackmailed for various misdeeds, but their indiscretions are not the crimes to follow. Murders soon ensue in the house, creating an engrossing plot that has a host of twists and turns. The culprit could be anyone in the party and they had all received arms as gifts from Mr. Boddy. The real question is, do you have the right clues?
The cast of the series is ideal in their roles. They capture the personalities of the story’s colorful characters while delivering witty, fast-paced dialogue with impeccable timing. The company features John Treacy Egan as Colonel Mustard; Donna English as Mrs. White; Kathy Fitzgerald; as Mrs. Peacock, Sarah Hollis as Miss Scarlet; Kolby Kindle as Cop and others; Michael Kostroff as Professor Plum; Alex Mandell as Mr. Green; Isabelle McCalla as Yvette; Mark Price as Wadsworth; Hazel Anne Raymundo as cook and others; and Graham Stevens as Mr. Boddy and others. The stunt doubles are Pamela Bob Jamie LaVerdiere Alanna Saunders and Jeff Skowron.
Significant moments in Index include each character’s arrival at Boddy Manor, the group dinner scene, the presentation of weapons as gifts from Mr. Boddy, the discovery of the murdered cook, the guests pairing up to investigate, a local traveler coming to use the telephone , the six guests trying to listen through a door, and Wadsworth recounting the events of the evening. These scenes and many other crazy scenes make you wonder what’s going to happen next.
The production team did a fantastic job creating a very authentic and impressive setting for Index. They include stage design by Lee Savage; costume design by Jen Caprio; lighting design by Ryan J. O’Gara; sound design by Matt Kraus; hair and wig design by J. Jared Janas and casting by Binder Casting and JZ Casting. Rick Sordelet is fight director/intimacy consultant and production manager is Jill Gold.
See Index. It is executed to perfection and the show is both fascinating and engaging. Gather your group of mystery seekers and many more for a well-deserved winter outing at the theater!
Tickets for Clue start at $36 and can be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. The show lasts 80 minutes without intermission. All major credit cards accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to 30% off tickets and should call 973.376.4343. Students can order emergency $20 tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse box office on the day of the show. Subscription packages are also available starting at just $114. As an additional comfort for Index ticket holders, this production will be available to stream live on select dates.
Note: Paper Mill Playhouse is committed to reopening safely and requires proof of vaccination for all performers, staff and audiences over the age of 12, as well as the wearing of masks for all staff and audiences in the theater and halls. For the complete and most recent protocols, please visit https://papermill.org/reopening-guidelines/
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