To figure out the murder mystery at the center of the University of Louisville’s last theater production of the season, viewers will need to take the hint. 

The UofL Department of Theatre Arts will present “Hint! A Masked Murder Mystery” April 15-20 at Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd St. Directed by Assistant Professor Erin Crites, the show is UofL’s take on “Clue” with a commedia dell’arte twist.

Commedia dell’arte is an Italian-based form of theatre involving masked characters, physical comedy and improvisation. The UofL production of “Hint!” will combine all of those elements into an all-new play crafted by Crites, Brian Kuwabara and the entire company of actors. 

“You may have played the mystery board game or watched the movie, but this production is truly a UofL original,” Crites said.   

Like its inspiration, “Hint!” follows the shenanigans of several guests at Mr. Boddy’s party after a murder takes place. The party guests are also the suspects as they determine who did it, with what and where. The actors will improv parts of the show each night with audience input.

“Hint!” will include some adult content that may not be suitable for young children. Performances are 8 p.m., April 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20 with a matinee 3 p.m., April 19. There is no performance on April 18. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for students. To order tickets or for more information, call the box office at 502-852-6814 or visit

 Visit the UofL Theatre Arts YouTube channel to see a trailer for the production. Photo attached features UofL theatre students, from left, Candice Handy as Madam Myrtle, Danielle Warren as Lady Lemon, and Konrad Davis as Count Clementine.

Erica Walsh
Erica Walsh is the senior marketing manager in the Office of Communications and Marketing where she manages the UofL Magazine and the President’s Report and contributes to the university’s branding and advertising efforts. Walsh joined UofL in 2014 after previously serving as the public relations specialist at Indiana University Southeast for seven years. Prior to her career in higher education communications, she was a reporter at The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Ky.