On a stormy Christmas Eve, famed actor William Gillette hosts a cadre of pals at his Connecticut mansion. The Game's Afoot, a murder mystery-comedy caper now playing at Indiana Repertory Theatre, brims with memorable, over-the-top characters, played by an excellent cast including town favorites Constance Macy and Rob and Jennifer Johansen.
As Gillette, the delightful Matthew Brumlow, seen earlier this year in the IRT's Who Am I This Time?, sets a quirky tone for the ensemble. And former IRT darling Priscilla Lindsay returns with an effortlessly funny performance in the role of Gillette's zany mother.
But the unspoken star of the show is Russell Metheny's grand scenic design, a vibrant character on its own. The audience gasped to see it revealed under Ann G. Wrightson's decadent lighting design.
In all, Ken Ludwig's campy script and Peter Amster's droll direction keep audiences guessing and guffawing.