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A scene from the "whodunit" being performed aboard the Showboat

The schizophrenic Christopher Wren (left; played by student-actor Nicholas Harazin) and the creepy Mr. Paravicini (played by Jonas Goslow) are suspects of a crime aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat.

Crime aboard the Showboat

By Pauline Oo

From eNews, June 24, 2004

Is it the crotchety Mrs. Boyle, the Colonel Sanders look-alike, or the houseguest with the heavily made-up face? Is it with the rope in the parlor or with the candlestick in the library? The Mousetrap, an Agatha Christie play that brings to mind the popular board game Clue, is a witty story that will have you playing serious mental Ping-Pong with the who, how, and why by the last act. The University of Minnesota's Showboat Players have brought this famed murder mystery to the Minnesota Centennial Showboat this summer for a three-month run through Saturday, August 28. The play, about someone turning up dead at an English country house, is the world's longest running. It opened in 1952 on London's West End and continues to draw tourists to the theatre district. The Showboat version of this classic play is, of course, special thanks to the olios. A tradition since the first University Showboat performance, olios are the vaudeville-like vignettes between each act of the play. They offer respite from serious dialogue, and they allow you to see how talented these student actors really are-they can not only act, they can sing, dance, and bring the house down with their ridiculously silly costumes. This season's olios, with titles such as "Little Bo-Peep Lost Her Jeep" and "Minnesota Moon," are written and directed by U professor emeritus Vern Sutton. To find out whodunit, you'll have to catch The Mousetrap. Tickets are $15 to $20. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. For tickets, call the Padelford Packet Boat Company at 651-227-1100 or see www.showboattheater.com.

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