I attended last night’s premiere of the Cote Saint-Luc Dramatic Society’s presentation of ‘Haven’t Got a Clue’. It is a fast-paced, engaging whodunit murder mystery with a full stage of local, talented characters.

The theatre is perfectly small bringing the performance up close and personal.

Councillor Mitchell Brownstein is the driving force behind the Dramatic Society and although he’s not in this play his introductory remarks show his intense passion for community theatre as a critical element at outreach and citizen engagement.

Mayor Anthony Housefather along with other invited elected officials and community leaders from CSL and neighbouring towns could be heard chuckling aloud as the performance moved from scene to scene. The actors were serious and funny, calm and ridiculous. They spanned the spectrum of emotions and kept the audience on their toes in trying to figure out exactly who had done it.

Director Anisa Cameron, who makes a brief, dramatic cameo appearance, is a force to be reckoned with in this entertaining performance that clearly transcends what one would expect from community theatre.

Haven’t Got A Clue continues February 12 to 15, at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium ( 5801 Cavendish Blvd). Tickets are available at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, the Aquatic and Community Centre or at http://www.CSLDramaticSociety.com. The cost is $23, or $20 for students and seniors.

More: MikeCohen.ca: Haven’t Got a Clue murder mystery a hit in Côte Saint-Luc.