IndyFringe: The Breakfast Clue

This is part of IndyFringe 2021, Aug. 19-Sept. 5 (individual performance times vary) in downtown Indianapolis. Details and tickets at

By Wendy Carson

Defiance Comedy brings us annother hilarious Fringe show. Blending the movies “The Breakfast Club” and “Clue” with about a half a dozen song parodies, they give us a delightful sendup of ’80s comedies.

It turns out that all of the charcters are in detention because they were being blackmailed. Someone is going to die, and they group must solve the mystey before they end up in detention forever,

Shelby Myers delights as Allison P. Cock, the weird and kind of sexy basket case. Emily Schaab sparkles as Claire Scarlett, the Princess doing whatever it takes to keep herself on top, Pat Mullen seems perfectly cast as the nerdy Anthony Michael Mustard. John Kern brings an endearing fragility to his character of Jock Estevez. While Clay Mabbitt’s portrayal of John Jacob JingleHeimerPlum falls a bit flat at first, it does perk up very near the end. And of course, who could forget the enimetable Rob Johansen as the zany principal trying to keep this group in line.

Come to the show to find out who was killed and why. Just remember, there’s no crying over skimmed milk. Performances at the District Theatre.

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