Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is a play by American playwright Ken Ludwig. It premiered at the Arena Stage in Southwest, Washington, D.C. in January 2015 and was directed by Amanda Dehnert.[1]

The play is a humorous adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles[2] featuring over forty characters played by five actors.[3]

Arena Stage production[edit]

Rehearsals were staged at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey.[1] The play featured two main roles, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, as well as numerous other roles played by only three other actors. Michael Glenn's roles included Daisy scullery maid, Scotland Yard Inspector Lestrade and Sir Henry Baskerville.[1] Author Ludwig wanted to infuse suspense with humor saying "You’re not making fun of the genre, [but] at the same time, there’s a lot of laughs, because they come out of the tension."[1]

Cast[edit]

The other 40-plus roles were performed by three actors: Stanley Bahorek, Michael Glenn and Jane Pfitsch.[1]

Old Globe Theatre production[edit]

The play, directed by Josh Rhodes, opened at Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California on July 30, 2015 and ran through September 6, 2015.[4]

Cast[edit]

Other roles played by Andrew Kober, Blake Segal and Liz Wisan.[4]

Liverpool Playhouse production[edit]

The play, directed by Loveday Ingram,,[5] Liverpool Playhouse, in Liverpool, England on December 9, 2017.[6]

Cast[edit]

Other roles played by Bessie Carter, Edward Harrison and Ryan Pope.[6]

Park Square Theatre production[edit]

In July and August of 2018, Theo Langason directed an adaptation of the play at Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It starred McKenna Kelly-Eiding and Marika Proctor as female Holmes and Watson, respectively. All the remaining roles were played by Eric "Pogi" Sumangil, Ricardo Beaird and Marika Proctor.[7]

Lavender Magazine's John Townsend called the production "triumphantly entertaining," citing the actors' comedic timing.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Wren, Celia (January 18, 2015). "'Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery' charges into Arena Stage". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Ritzel, Rebecca (February 3, 2015). "Sherlockians flock to 'Baskerville' at Arena, pronouncing it a bloody good time". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Felton, DC (January 27, 2019). "BWW Review: BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Des Moines Playhouse-The Game is Afoot!". Broadway World. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  4. ^ a b Verini, Bob (August 3, 2015). "Regional Theater Review: 'Baskerville,' Ken Ludwig's Sherlock Tale". Variety. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Gardner, Lyn (December 29, 2017). "Deerstalkers and devil dogs: Sherlock Holmes hits stage at the double". The Guardian. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Baskerville - A Sherlock Holmes Mystery". Liverpool Playhouse. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Park Square Theatre Presents Baskerville". Broadway World. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Townsend, John. "Park Square's Cross-Gender "Baskerville" is Triumphantly Entertaining". Lavender. Retrieved August 5, 2018.

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