Monday, October 28, 2013


More Sherlock Holmes! We had productions at The Theater Project and The Bickford Theatre. This version is a farce by the master farceur Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo). I saw a hilarious production some years back at the Dennis Playhouse on Cape Cod. Check this one out, you Baker Street Irregulars”:

By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Belle Wesel

WHEN: November 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 PM, and Sunday, November 10, at 2 PM
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit
TICKETS: Single tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students (18 and under). Season subscriptions are $55 for adults and $40 for 18 and under students. Group rates for ten or more are also available; for details call the Playhouse at 908.273.2192.
Tickets are available at or 1.800.838.3006.

The Summit Playhouse is launching its 2013-2014 season with the Edgar Award-winning comedy/thriller The Game’s Afoot, Ken Ludwig’s clever, fast-paced twist on a Sherlock Holmes mystery. With delicious dialogue and characters, The Game’s Afoot delivers uproariously funny, engrossing entertainment from start to finish.

An intriguing blend of fact and fiction, The Game’s Afoot’s main character, William Gillette, was a real-life star of the American stage during the early 20th century. He made his fortune playing the famous fictional detective in “Sherlock Holmes,” a play he also wrote. He assumed the role onstage more than 1,300 times over thirty years.

Gillette owned a replica of a medieval castle (still in existence and open for tours today) filled with remarkably forward-thinking gadgets, tricks and mirrors. This is where, in The Game’s Afoot, he invites fellow cast members for a weekend of fun, which takes a sinister turn when one of his guests is stabbed. Gillette assumes the familiar persona of Sherlock Holmes to solve the case before the unknown assailant strikes again.

Director Belle Wesel of Brooklyn recently directed the hilarious production of The 39 Steps for Chatham Community Players, and is making her directorial debut with The Summit Playhouse. “With the current popularity of all things Sherlock, the brilliant detective from Baker Street has never been more in demand,” observes Wesel. “In The Game’s Afoot, we take a light-hearted look at the genius of detection through the eyes of the actor. It’s a lot of fun.”

In 2014, The Last Night of Ballyhoo will be presented in February/March, and Harvey will run in April/May.