Props designer puts wrench (and candlestick) into whodunit ‘Clue’

Making prop weapons — the iconic lead pipe, dagger, wrench, rope, revolver and candlestick — for the comedic whodunit ‘Clue’ is an art in itself.

These are the six murder weapons made famous first by the Hasbro board game and then by the Paramount movie “Clue,” both of which are the basis for the new stage adaptation now playing at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron.

Audience members have a lot of fun racking their brains to figure out which character invited to Boddy Mansion — Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, Professor Plum and Miss Scarlet — used which fancy weapon to commit dastardly deeds as the body count piles up in this campy show.

For volunteer properties designer Laura Niehaus at Weathervane Playhouse, making or customizing each murder weapon for the show satisfies both a problem-solving and creative itch.

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