By Jenny Neyman
There’s been a murder in Soldotna.
Wait, has anyone seen the cook? Oh — thud — there she is. Correction: two murders.
Was that a scream? Then three.
Followed by a cruel death by Carly Rae Jepsen. Make that four.
And Hobo Jim isn’t as popular as he once was, it seems. Five.
Except the body of the first victim, Mr. Boddy, has gone missing. So, maybe four after all?
Nope. Here he comes tumbling through the kitchen door, with fresh injuries. Back to five.
With this much foul foolery afoot, in Triumvirate Theatre’s spoof of the comedy classic film “Clue,” the question isn’t whodunit, so much as who didn’t do it? They all had the means, motive and access to a weapon — though, admittedly, some more menacing than others.
Was it Mr. Green with the marine radio? Professor Plum with the gun? Miss Scarlet with the fish bonker? Mrs. Peacock with the fillet knife? Mrs. White with the landing net? Or Col. Mustard with the ominously named, yet comically innocuous Whappy the giant plush stuffed salmon?
It’s up to Wadsworth, the butler, to figure out as the rest of the dinner guests founder around for clues like, well, fish with their heads cut off.
As with Triumvirate’s previous annual fundraiser events, this is a dinner theater presentation, with dinner downstairs at Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna and an auction following the show to raise money for the theater’s parent organization, Alaska Children’s Institute for the Performing Arts.
This show also continues the long-standing tradition of creating a fishing-themed parody of a classic movie. Previous titles include “Gone with the Fish,” “Maltese Salmon,” “Cast-A-Blanca,” “Forrest Guppy” and last year’s “Top Chum.”
When it came to choosing this year’s source film, scriptwriter Carla Jenness said that she couldn’t resist spoofing “Clue,” the 1985 comedy murder mystery starring Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd and Madeline Kahn.
“I’ve wanted to do ‘Clue’ for years. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I used to watch it over and over in high school on VHS,” she said.
But unlike the usual dramas and mysteries Triumvirate has chosen to spoof before, this is the first time Jenness tried to overlay humor onto a movie that was already a comedy.
“I thought the movie was hilarious, but we discovered it’s really hard to write a parody of a comedy,” she said.