Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club

Steve Hendrickson as Sherlock Holmes. Photo by Petronella Ytsma.

Steve Hendrickson as Sherlock Holmes. Photo by Petronella Ytsma.

by SOPHIE KERMAN
Poor Sherlock Holmes! With the number of literary, theatrical, and cinematic re-imaginings he’s gone through since his inception in 1887, the man has a lot of baggage. His latest incarnation by Jeffrey Hatcher is “despondent”, as if the past century of crime-solving exploits has just about worn him out, but of course a new case will see him on his feet again… won’t it?

The clever conceit of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club has us questioning whether Sherlock has just had enough of his life as a detective. The Suicide Club, which Holmes has just joined, is a venue wherein its suicidal members lacking the requisite courage can arrange for someone else (a randomly selected other member) to do the deed for them. It is, of course, no surprise to the Park Theatre‘s audience when it turns out there is a larger game afoot than a simple meeting of depressed and cowardly gentlemen. (I should note here that the original idea actually comes from a set of Robert Louis Stevenson stories, not one of Arthur Conan Doyle‘s originals – but the insertion of Sherlock Holmes fits seamlessly into Stevenson’s original concept.)

There are, actually, very few surprises to this play, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing: Holmes needs no re-invention when the original archetype is already fun to watch. Steve Hendrickson makes an utterly believable Sherlock, delivering on all the quick thinking and dry wit that we expect from the iconic detective. The rest of the ensemble, playing a range of characters from a Russian prince to a cream-puff-eating newpaper heir, also embody their roles exactly as one might hope: with distinct, slightly (but not overly) exaggerated personality traits, and accents that are, as a whole, more consistent and accurate than many I’ve seen on a Twin Cities stage.

Though Holmes (the character, not the actor) may or may not show signs of detective burn-out, the audience does not tire of following along as he unravels this new mystery. There were one or two moments when I wondered why Sherlock might not have considered events from a different angle, but I could forgive Holmes’s oversights in the service of a fun theatrical experience that fully immerses us in 1914 London. David Mann‘s direction is fast-paced and engaging, and Michael Hoover‘s set design is fairly genius. Using projections (by Todd F. Edwards and Ben Harvey) onto tall walls that manage to create both a sense of long perspective and close quarters, we accompany Holmes from his study to a foggy London evening to the Savoy Hotel with minimal time lost on set changes and no sacrifice of the play’s pervasively dark mood.

A fun and well-played game for all those who like a good mystery.

 

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by David Mann. Previews: June 7–15, 2013. Regular Run: June 8–July 14, 2013. Tickets: Previews: $25. Regular Run: $38 & $58. Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul. Box office: 651-291-7005 or www.parksquaretheatre.org.

Back to Aisle Say Twin Cities
Back to AisleSay.com

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club

  1. Pingback: 2013 Ivey Awards | Aisle Say Twin Cities

  2. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little
    homework on this. And he actually bought me dinner because I found
    it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this topic here on your site.

  3. 16 GB of internal storage is provided as standard, meaning Google Nexus
    S is able to store your digital music collection, along with many
    videos, photos or documents you may need to keep along at all times.
    The presumption applies when the cumulative gross receipts from sales by the seller to customers inside state who are referred to the vendor by
    all residents using this kind of agreement with owner is in overabundance $10,000 through
    the preceding four quarterly periods ending for the last day of February, May, August and November.

    65 inches (~ 316 ppi pixel densities) this can be being
    protected with Oleophobic coating.

  4. Students opting for Bachelor in hospitality management programs specialize in the field of
    hospitality and have educated about the basics
    of treatments for hotels. Sports management courses provide you with the opportunity to plan the application of business principles
    in the sports industry. Greycells has also caters to the rapidly”expanding field of finance education through Business India Institute of Finance (BIIF), Delhi.

  5. Anyone who wishes to embark themselves in the
    task of grooming their pet instantly asks himself where to get the grooming
    supplies. In free-for-all it is a good idea to get the most out of
    your gun by having 3 attachments. This kind of weapon would be suggested
    to be of great use in campaign mission for it is known to be having such
    versatility.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s