Something's Afoot

Riddling the audience like a game of Clue come to life, Something's Afoot is a delightfully fun musical mystery, lightweight and well-suited to summer vacation. You won't mind watching the corpses pile up in this PG-rated whodunit lark, as the demises are ingenious and punctuated by song. (The show, like a cross between Agatha Christie and Mel Brooks, has been a regional-theater staple since 1972.) The murder of Lord Rancour at his English estate sets the plot in motion. Detective work then alternates with brisk musical numbers, featuring resourceful chorography (by Christy McNeil) that utilizes every inch of the tight Taproot stage. Director Scott Nolte packs plenty of pizzazz into the theater's cozy confines. Cast standout Natalie Anne Moe's soprano shines in her role as overzealous ingénue Hope, while Jenny Cross delivers a strong comedic turn as amateur sleuth Miss Tweed. The two-hour show (with intermission) is recommended for viewers 10 and older, making it appropriate for kids, parents, or those pesky visiting relatives who've exhausted Seattle's tourist possibilities. (7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat. Extended through Aug. 27.) MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 13. Continues through Aug. 27, 2011

 
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