By Deborah Engleke, Contributing Writer
Director Mark Cole strikes gold again with the SUNY Oswego’s Theatre Department production of Steven Dietz’ “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure.”
The Oct. 12 opening performance entertained and delighted not only fans of Arthur Conan Doyle’s intrepid detective, but community theatre-goers in general.
Taken from two short stories, “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Adventure of the Final Problem,” the play interweaves both tales into a bit of a farce of the Holmes canon.
We can presume the entrance of key players such as the great detective Sherlock Holmes (a strong performance by Nicholas Pike ), Dr. Watson (faithfully narrated by Jacob Luria), the Baker Street Irregulars, and the famous evil Dr. Moriarity (menacingly portrayed by Tyler Eldred), will be in full force.
And they are!
But literary purists may balk at the assumption that the ‘asexual’ Holmes is now in love with Irene Adler (a beautiful and seductive opera singer, artfully played by Jennifer Pratt), as well as the tinkering with Doyle’s endings to his famous suspense tales.
Yet, the play is afoot from the start, with plenty of physical humor and raucous comments by the two leads.
Jumping around the stage, sometimes to distraction, Holmes embraces the puzzles to solve!
And audiences, as expected, must keep on their own toes, in figuring out WHO is really
What audience members may believe they know about Holmes or Watson is often turned on its head in this high-energy production.
With the same surity that Doyle provides his Holmes, Cole manipulates and confounds his audience with his expected minimalistic set designs, moving recognizable objects into alternative roles.
Just as the alternate identities of the characters finally provide a satisfying and expected Conan Doyle ending to the evening.
Originally performed at the Pasadena Playhouse as a Arizona Theatre Company co-production in 2006, the show has finally arrived all the way cross country to Oswego, NY, for the SUNY Theatre Department’s Fall Semester 2012.
“Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” continues this weekend, Oct. 19 and 20, at the Charlotte Waterman Theatre at 8 p.m., closing after a single matinee performance on Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets priced at $13 ($7 for SUNY Oswego students) are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at http://tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.
The production is suggested for ages 12 and above.
Patrons with disabilities who require assistance should call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141.