Even Sherlock Holmes
has comedic challenges
Sherlock Holmes is one of the Western World’s best-known detectives. This fictional Victorian era sleuth was created by Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle. So was his right hand man, Dr. Watson.
It is worth noting that Doyle introduced the character of Detective Sherlock Holmes to the world in 1890 in the novel, “A Study in Scarlet”. He went on to write 60 stories about Sherlock Holmes.
The legendary folk heroes - beloved because of their creativity and persistence - have saved countless people, protected the innocent, and have kept the scales of justice balanced.
And the world has loved them for it. That’s why their stories appear in some many folkloric ways: stories, books, plays and film.
One of the more modern takes on the sleuthful duo’s famous “Hounds of Baskerville” is a lighter-hearted play called “Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ in which twists turn, deeds, deceits and confusion reign supreme in the staged moors of Devonshire.
Until the end, of course.
You can catch this production in the North San Francisco Bay Area Sept. 19-Oct. 6, 2016. Here are the details provided by Spreckel's Theatre Company's award-winning publicist Kim Taylor:
The North Bay's award-winning Spreckels Theatre Company presents Ken Ludwig's fast-paced comedy "Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery"
From award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig ("Lend Me a Tenor"), comes this fast-paced mystery-comedy about detective Sherlock Holmes solving his most notorious case.
It's elementary. To find an ingenious killer, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson brave the desolate moors and unravel a web of clues and deceit to crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Five actors portray more than 40 characters with accents, disguises and quick changes that defy explanation.
Featuring Steve Cannon as Sherlock Holmes; Christopher Schloemp as Dr. Watson; and Zane Walters, Kim Williams and Larry Williams double as variety of characters.
Directed by David L. Yen
Time: 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun.; and 7:30 p.m. Thur. Oct. 6.
Location: Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Bette Condiotti Theater, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Cost: $16-$26 ($16 children 12 & under; $22 students; $24 seniors/youth; $26 general. Student Rush with ID at box office 10 minutes before curtain $12. Reservations recommended.
Photo by Eric Chazankin