SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUICIDE CLUB Review

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The cast. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

The cast. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUICIDE CLUB presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through Oct. 4. Click here for more information on the production.

Set in 1914 London, with an aging, world-weary Sherlock Holmes, the game is definitely afoot in this successful, light-hearted mystery.

The Club Secretary (Tonya Beckman makes a bold move on Sherlock Holmes (Steven Hauck). Photo by Sandy Underwood.

The Club Secretary (Tonya Beckman makes a bold move on Sherlock Holmes (Steven Hauck). Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Steven Hauck as Holmes, heads a strong ensemble that handily brings these diverse (and at times, quirky) characters to life. Hauck ‘s look and temperament reminds me of bit of Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor Who. I like how his impatience, mainly with himself, ends up directed at others. Tonya Beckman as Club Secretary brought a fun energy to the character and an appropriate sense of showmanship to the role. Always a treat to see local actress Dale Hodges on stage, serving as Holmes’ put-upon housekeeper Mrs. Hudson and haunty Lucy O’Malley.

Accents worked well for the most part, although I did have problems understanding the heavy accents of characters Christaiane de LBegassier & Inspector Micklewhite when things got heated.

Sherlock Holmes (Steven Hauck) holds Inspector Micklewhite (Aaron Christensen) at bay in the electrifying new whodunit. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Sherlock Holmes (Steven Hauck) holds Inspector Micklewhite (Aaron Christensen) at bay in the electrifying new whodunit. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

A great asset to the production is the set designed by Wilson Chin. The bridge and stonework did much to convey the city of London. while the wood flooring and upstage doors worked well for the multiple indoor locations. Smart use of the raising platform and the flying in of different lighting apparatus kept the pacing up during the scene changes.

Projections by Alex Koch worked well in giving movement to the heavy set. I also liked how projections were used to allow audience members to get a “good look” at several clues as they were discussed.

One thing I was confused about was the time that passed between Suicide Club meetings. They seemed to happen so frequently that I’m surprised Mr. Williams survived a year.

My rating: 3.75 out of 5

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