Everyone’s favorite detective will put on his tweed hat and cape for a farcical romp in Hudson Stage Company’s production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Sherlock Holmes and his capable sidekick Dr. Watson will be depicted in this humorous adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel through May 13. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead with a look of terror on his face and the paw prints of a hound by his side, it is up to Holmes and Watson to unravel the mysteries of his puzzling murder. Their biggest obstacle is the supposed ancient curse of the massive hound that was put on the Baskerville family during the time of the Civil War.
Directed by Mark Shanahan, this lighthearted spoof of a classic thriller is tackled by three actors – Matt Ban, Joe Delafield and Denis Lambert – who play more than twenty roles, including those of Holmes and Watson. The characters (and actors) get tangled between several ongoing plots throughout the production – the story of the curse, the actual events, and Holmes’ progress in solving the case.
The beloved novel, initially serialized in The Strand Magazine, was the triumphant return of Holmes, after the Baker Street detective had been killed off by Conan Doyle nearly a decade earlier. Now Holmes is thrust into the spotlight once more, at Whippoorwill Hall Theatre in North Castle Public Library in Armonk. For discounted tickets to this event, check this ArtsWestchester Arts Deal. For more info, visit: hudsonstage.com.
Images above: Denis Lambert, Joe Delafiled and Matt Ban perform in The Hound of the Baskervilles (photo credit: Rana Faure)
A version of this article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.