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“Insanely funny” and “spooky thriller” are used to describe the first show of the year for Cité des Arts.
The Game’s Afoot will be performed at the community theater and art venue in the downtown area. The cast will perform six shows from February 26 to February 28 and again from March 5 to March 7. Tickets are available on the Cité des Arts website here
The location adheres to COVID-19 guidelines. A limited number of seats are sold and all tickets must be purchased in advance. Actors and production personnel are tested prior to opening.
There will also be streaming options available through AOC Community Media. Streaming tickets are sold separately and cannot be replaced with live tickets or vice versa.
The piece was produced by Lauren Reilly Eliot Company of Lafayette and directed by its owner and founder Cooper Helm.
“We originally chose The Game’s Afoot because Ken Ludwig is a master of comedy,” Helm said. “It’s a farce, but it also has the elements of a thriller. And we really like both ends of the spectrum. That makes it super challenging. In the end, we chose to put on a hilarious show. this cast works on all cylinders. “
Set in December 1936, “The Game’s Afoot” is based on Broadway star William Gillette, who is then starring in the play Sherlock Holmes. He invites his fellow cast members to a weekend of revelry at his Connecticut castle.
But fear strikes over the weekend when one of the guests is stabbed to death and Gillette takes on the persona of his beloved Holmes to solve the crime. Non-stop danger and hilarity follow this glittering whodunit playset over the Christmas holidays.
The Lauren Reilly Eliot Company got through the pandemic and started practicing for the piece before quarantine went into effect. Though four roles were recast when practice re-started in December, the cast persisted and she’s ready to give Lafayette a laugh.
“The original cast has gone through a year of dedication and the new cast members are just getting started. So it’s a unique network of restoring form,” Helm said. “… With the many technical aspects and special effects the show will be spectacular.
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