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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Steampunk Sherlock on Stage

Last weekend we had the good fortunate to see an excellent production of Katie Forgette's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.

The play was well acted and well staged.Although not part of the playwright's vision, the director chose to adopt a steampunk theme in the costuming and the set. As the director's notes put it: "No telling just how much hot glue was used to place gold and copper painted metal pieces all over the stage design and props. The 'walls' are bent steel, and works of art by themselves." Indeed they were, and it worked!

The light-hearted script -- a bit too light-hearted in places for this fuddy-duddy -- is a melange of elements familiar to any Sherlockian, starting with a lot of the dialogue straight out of the Canon. The plot is a riff on "A Scandal in Bohemia," with Lily Langtry and the Prince of Wales assuming the Irene Adler and King of Bohemia roles, and Oscar Wilde thrown in for comic relief.

The involvement of Professor Moriaty and a version of the familiar cigar scene at the gas works show the influence of the most famous Holmes play of all -- William Gillette's Sherlock Holmes. Ann and I have seen the Gillette play, as well as Crucifer of Blood, The Ebony Ape, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Sherlock's Last Case. What Holmes plays have you seen?

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