The Game’s Afoot
Sherlock Holmes farce comes to CentreStage
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!