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The Hound of the Baskervilles

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

COMPANY : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 4713

SHOWING : April 16, 2015 - May 03, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

‘Hilarious, my dear Watson’ – this is Sherlock Homes as you’ve never seen him before! A funny reconstruction of the 1901 classic of a Holmes spoof about a family that has been haunted for years by the curse of a horrible hound. Expect thrills, chills and side-splitting comedy. “A wonderfully BARKING SPOOF” -The Telegraph


CAST & CREW LIST
Director David Thomas
Cast Matt Baum
Cast Bryan Brendle
Cast Clint Thornton
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REVIEWS

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39 Steps to the Baskervilles
by playgoer
Friday, May 1, 2015
5.0
Mix together Sherlock Holmes, the plot-advancing zaniness of "The 39 Steps," and the fast-forward replay and cross-dressing of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]" and you’ll end up with something like "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Three actors tell the tale, with plenty of room for each to portray multiple characters and to break into and out of character. It’s all a spooky-tinged hoot.

Michael Hidalgo’s set consists of a faux standing stone portal upstage left and a sloped, stony hilltop stage right. Various set pieces, notably a fireplace and door, are rolled on from time to time to indicate various scenes, and most of the stage is left bare to accommodate the wide-ranging action. Fog and mood lighting complete the scene setting.

Jeanne Fore’s costume design puts Sherlock Holmes (Bryan Brendle) in the expected deerstalker cap and caped coat, and garbs Dr. Watson (Clint Thornton) and Henry Baskerville (Matt Baum) in appropriate Edwardian clothing. These three actors portray all the other characters in the story, each with his (or her) own costume pieces. The lightning-fast costume changes are one of the delights of the production.

Nancy Knight’s props also get a workout in the show, with handkerchiefs and towels galore, along with a picture frame and a window frame that are given multiple workouts. It’s all directed by David Thomas at a break-neck pace that keeps the laughs coming one after another.

Of course, it’s the cast that sells a show like this, and a better cast could hardly be imagined. Bryan Brendle has already established credentials as Sherlock Holmes in more standard Holmes-related productions in metro Atlanta, but here he gets to spoof the character and play numerous other roles, including the female love interest. Clint Thornton plays an ineffectual Dr. Watson with slow-witted charm, anchoring the action with sly appeal. Matt Baum bounces around (literally at times) with an off-kilter presence that is half leading man and half uninhibited clown. Their interactions bring their excellent comic timing to the fore time and time again. They’re a joy to watch.

Note to any company that has done "The 39 Steps" or "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]" and wants to follow it with a similar show: Steven Canny and John Nicholson’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is the perfect choice! I wasn’t familiar with the show until I saw it, and it has been one of the treats of the season for me. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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