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TO JULY 21
Adams Morgan could really use another theater. Let’s be honest: Besides dodging drunks and drinking, alternative entertainment is scarce in the neighborhood. So give credit to the Landless Theater at the District of Columbia Arts Centerwith its new production of Clue! The Musicalfor offering up something a little, well, different. Interactive late-night, murder-mystery, board-game, song-and-dance routines featuring monochromatic characters might seem less enticing than the sidewalk dramas performed by bums and frat kids outside the DCAC, but just try to resist playing along with this silly, sweet-natured, and self-aware production. From the doomed Mr. Boddy’s opening salvo (“Please follow me into the MAN-shun”) to wacky homicidal closing tableaus (“Wrench! Candlestick! Knife! Revolver! Rope!”), Clue’s cheeky capers (and the theater’s powerful air conditioning) refresh the senses, even if they fail to sharpen them. If nothing else, it’s a chance to test your tolerance for bouncy keyboard playing and hammy performances by a toothy crew whose glee in their daft little show is actually rather charming. More sober-minded audience members will appreciate references that range from Agatha Christie to O.J. Simpson, as well as the show’s tendency towards metaMiss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Col. Mustard, and the rest muse upon the repetition and limitation of their existence as archetypes of evil for the grammar-school set. And as a show-stealing cockney mastermind in drag, Matt Baughman hilariously re-imagines Mrs. White as the deranged granny of Sid Vicious. The mayhem begins at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday to Saturday, July 21, at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $12. (202) 462-7833. (Neda Ulaby)