Have you been to see Baskerville
yet? If you love a good mystery -- and you love shenanigans -- buy your ticket now.
While staying true to the basic storyline of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles
, Baskerville offers comic relief to offset the otherwise ominous and spooky tale. For the most part, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, played by Michael Coale and Jim Matusik, remain the serious fellows Doyle's fans are acquainted with. The remaining cast of 40+ characters are played with fast-paced dexterity by 3 actors: Todd Frymier, Jim Nelson, and Morgan Spencer. Liberties are taken. Farce is afoot.
Nearly every scene is played for laughs. Frymier, Nelson, and Spencer make the most of silly accents and mannerisms to differentiate among the various characters each plays. Quick costume changes are sometimes deliberately incomplete and props occasionally malfunction -- you may even find yourself handing a prop back to one of the actors -- it's all part of the fun.
I saw this last weekend and loved it. No need to take my word for it though -- you still have two weekends left!
"Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" continues at First Presbyterian Theater through September 23, 2017 (260-426-7421 ext 121).
Looking for more reinterpretations of this sharp-minded consulting detective? Look for a booklist next week!
Becky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..