I only have one play to tell you about this week, but it is a hands-down winner, in all aspects of theatrical accomplishment!

Sherlock’s Last Case

From l, Patrick Burke, Bert Emmett, and Chris Winfield in “Sherlock’s Last Case.”

Following the highly acclaimed run of the controversial Paris Letter … The Group Rep theatre troupe has just opened another top notch production! Written ingeniously by Charles Marowitz, the story picks up where Conan Doyle’s tales about Sherlock Holmes ended. A well paced and titillating murder mystery spoof … it will keep you guessing from start to finish. A wickedly satisfying British play, loaded with saucy twists ‘n’ turns and plenty of chuckles … which makes the final outcome quite delicious! The entire quirky cast offers flawless depictions, under the suspensefully scintillating direction of Larry Eisenberg. I really must not reveal too much about the plot … It is a “mystery” after all … This play ran on Broadway starring Frank Langella in the lead role, and also received the Louis B. Mayer Award. The story opens in 1896 in England, in the drawing room at Sherlock Homes’ Victorian home (lovely set design by Chris Winfield and gorgeous costumes by Emily Doyle). The smug Holmes and his cohort Dr. Watson converse, as the dynamics of their relationship are established for us. Christopher Winfield is daunting and dashingly dynamic as the arrogant Holmes, and Bert Emmett gives a multi-layered, award worthy performance as his loyal assistant, Watson. The powerfully complex camaraderie and interaction of these two fine actors is captivating throughout! Hersha Parady is a ditzy delight as the bumbling house servant … Allison King is excellent as Liza, who turns up to warn Holmes of a death threat on his life, and Patrick Burke is goofy fun as Inspector Lestrade. As the intriguing plot unfolds, Holmes finds himself imprisoned, strapped to a chair in a darkly secluded cellar … left to die an unthinkable death. Has Sherlock Holmes finally solved his very last case … or will he miraculously resurface as the world’s most cunning sleuth? You’ll just have to experience this brilliant play for yourselves to find out! An endlessly entertaining, and beautifully written “Who-dunnit” … the audience on opening night seemed to cherish every clever moment! You really should take the time to catch this one! Running through Jan. 13 at Lonny Chapman Theatre located at 10900 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood. For tickets call (818) 763-5990 or go to thegrouprep.com.

Christmas My Way

Opening soon, and billed as “A Sinatra Holiday Bash,” I can’t wait to see this one! Starring four well known and loved, constantly working musical stars of stage, who never disappoint … the bubbling holiday cheer will be overflowing to be sure! Performing 40 classic songs … (including holiday hits) and accompanied by an onstage swingin’ band … Luca Ellis, Jason Graae, Heather Lee, and Beth Malone will star! What a cast! Sure to get you into the spirit of the holidays … gather up your family and friends, and book seats as soon as possible! Running Thursday thru’ Sundays Dec. 15 through New Year’s Eve, at The El Portal in NoHo. For rockin’ seats call (818) 508-4200 or (866) 811-4111.

Back soon with more theater chat.


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