The Game’s Afoot

Sher­lock Holmes farce comes to Cen­treS­tage

Valley Journal Advertiser - - ARTS - BY MIKE BUT­LER

2018 has been a hec­tic but re­ward­ing year for me in theatre and I’m go­ing out with a bang with three shows dur­ing the months of Novem­ber and De­cem­ber. The first is a won­der­ful hol­i­day farce called The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Hol­i­days, which is a must-see for lovers of Sher­lock Holmes- great com­edy and won­der­ful mys­ter­ies with a touch a hu­mour.

The dan­ger and hi­lar­ity are non-stop in this glit­ter­ing, far­ci­cal mys­tery. Ken Lud­wig’s The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Hol­i­days will be on stage at Cen­treS­tage Theatre in time for the hol­i­days and it’s rec­om­mended you book your tick­ets fast. The Game’s Afoot is the Edgar award win­ning play by Ken Lud­wig who also penned Moon Over Buf­falo, Lend Me a Tenor and The Fox on the Fair­way (which is be­ing per­formed in Jan­uary at Cen­treS­tage.)

The story is as such: It is De­cem­ber 1936, and Broad­way star Wil­liam Gil­lette, ad­mired the world over for his lead­ing role in the play Sher­lock Holmes, has in­vited his fel­low cast mem­bers to his Con­necti­cut man­sion for a week­end of rev­elry. When one of the guests turns up dead, the fes­tiv­i­ties in this iso­lated house of hid­den rooms and state-of-the art gad­gets quickly turn dan­ger­ous. Gil­lette as­sumes the per­sona of his beloved Holmes to track down the killer be­fore the next vic­tim ap­pears. This play will keep you laugh­ing and try­ing to fig­ure out who­dunit un­til the fi­nal bow.

The Game’s Afoot is di­rected by Ju­nie Hutchin­son, whom I’ve worked with about a dozen times be­fore and her ap­proach to stag­ing com­edy is a won­der. I was so for­tu­nate to nab one of the lead roles in Ken Lud­wig’s Lead­ing Ladies a few years back, also di­rected by Ju­nie and it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence I will al­ways cher­ish (and au­di­ences will never for­get!) The cast in or­der of ap­pear­ance in­cludes lo­cal ac­tors and ac­tresses who’ve all been a part of Cen­treS­tage shows be­fore and couldn’t wait to sink their teeth (and knives) into this fun ma­te­rial. We have John Smith, Mike But­ler (ME!), Han­nah Fisk, Linda Levy Fisk, Ethan Van Meek­eren, Wendy Stew­art, Devon Ed­monds, and Caro­line Lev­erett, plus an ar­ray of fun set pieces and cool stage ef­fects!

Each month Cen­treS­tage fea­tures a new artist on their lobby walls and this show is proud to have Karen Kerr be­ing fea­tured so make sure you check her work on the way in.

The Game’s Afoot has per­for­mances sched­uled for Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, Dec. 1 ,7 8. With mati­nee per­for­mances on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. Front of House opens at 6:45 p.m. for the evening per­for­mances and 1:15 pm for the mati­nee. Tick­ets are: adults $15; se­niors/stu­dents $12; chil­dren, age 12 and un­der, $5. Cen­treS­tage takes cash or cheques only. Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended and are held un­til 15 min­utes be­fore show time. Call 902-678-8040 for reser­va­tions and keep up to date with all the theatre news at www. cen­trestageth­e­atre.ca. En­joy the show and let’s see if you can solve the mys­tery… if you’re not too busy laugh­ing!

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