Bare Stage Theatre is putting on The Hound of the Baskervilles at The Stage at Island Park this weekend and next. Mike, Cheyenne, and I went to see it last night – the opening night. I must confess, short of the traditional content of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book (upon which the play is based), I had no idea what to expect.
The best way I can think of to capture the play is – a Mel Brooks-esque approach to a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. The schtick in the play is constant – in dialogue, in expression, and in physicality. It is the kind of play that I think you could watch a few times before you catch all the humorous nuances. Not that they are intended to be subtle, they are not; but, you will find that you are laughing so frequently that it is hard to take in all the madness and merriment.
All of the characters in the play – all 17 – are played by three fellows. They work their fannies off in this play. Plus, they have some moments in the play that are very non-traditional (I will leave it at that so as not to ruin the fun for others who attend). I promise you, you will laugh at this play. It is a non-stop exercise in finding points of humor at every possible turn. And interestingly, the humor is on many different levels – there is something for every humor palette.
The three actors in the play - Evan Christie, Jeremy Ellsworth, and Mark Seeba – are to be commended for the unexpected comical romp they deliver. This play turns the whole traditional Sherlock Holmes tale into something quite a bit more lighthearted and I think it is a play most folks will enjoy quite a bit. But you may want to leave younger kids at home because the humor can be bawdy and many of the jokes will go over their heads.
Get your tickets to see this play at The Stage’s webpage. You will definitely get your money’s worth out of these three actors’ performances and you’ll leave the theatre with a smile on your face. Trust me, you’ll never think about Sherlock Holmes the same after seeing this play.
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