The Game’s Afoot

The existence of mainstream murder mysteries can mainly be credited to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. I initially thought that this play would be a Sherlock Holmes story. However, it was really a Sherlock Holmes story within a show. Specifically, Sherlock Holmes is not the main focus of this play.

There are many Holmes inspired themes at  work in this production though. The story revolves around a theater cast that was preforming the Holmes story. At the end of their show, the lead is shot by an unknown gunman. Weeks later, the theater cast gathers  together to celebrate Christmas. All goes well until an unexpected guest shows up. The guest is a theater critic who has given nearly every actor in attendance a bad review. She is murdered, and everybody there has a motive for murder.

This show was immensely enjoyable. It had a very compelling murder mystery, sone great humor, and very good performances all around. One humorous event that occurred in this show was the stabbing. Also, no performance stood out very much because it is such an ensemble effort.

With that being said, there was one major aspect that I really did not like: the format. The entire show was  preformed as a radio drama. The single set was a radio station, and all performances were just actors speaking their lines at podiums. This could be a deal breaker for many because the visual medium is barely being used.

Even though I didn’t like the format, I enjoyed the production. I would not recommend this production to everybody because of the format. On the other hand, I would recommend it to fans of murder mysteries or the 1985 film clue.