By John Longenbaugh
Sherlock Holmes & Case of the Christmas CarolNovember 27, 2012 - December 30, 2012
Directed By Jon Kretzu
Will Sherlock Holmes crack his own case?
Our favorite quirky, Scrooge-infused inquisitor and his host of supernatural visitors returns this holiday season with the hit holiday show crafted by Seattle veteran playwright John Longenbaugh. In this caper through time, Dr. Watson rallies to cheer Holmes into celebrating the holiday season but the unrepentant, ill-tempered detective resists until he is forced to deduce the facts and solve the most important mystery of his own life – past, present and future.
Special holiday show! Not included in regular subscription programming.
THIS SHOW RUNS APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS WITH ONE INTERMISSION.
SYNOPSIS: How would Sherlock Holmes fare after a Christmas Eve of supernatural visitors and profound reflection? For a man whose existence depends on acute observation of life and patterns, a man already conscious and accepting of his “mistakes” in life, Holmes has a lot to amend. We meet our storied detective after years of hiding, wherein all thought him to be dead after acting as executioner to one merciless criminal, “the Napoleon of Crime.” This is a Holmes in deep solitude, characteristically headstrong, and hostile to attempts from the outside to bring him back into the glory of his former life as star detective. Watson does his best to orchestrate his dear friend’s return to himself, but it isn’t until a trio of ghosts make their timely appearance that Holmes lets the holiday cheer creep into his hardened heart.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Join the cast for a Post-Show Discussion after the 2pm matinee performances on December 2, 9, 16, 19, 23.
Happy Hours, Surprise Nights and Book Clubs! Click here to see a full schedule of Audience Enrichment Events.
Click here to see design rendering by Costume Designer Jessica Bobillot.
Click here to see photos from the production by Owen Carey.
STUDY GUIDE - Click here to read the extensive study guide for this production - a great resource!
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PRODUCTION HISTORY: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol made its world premiere at Seattle’s Taproot Theatre Company in the winter of 2010. The production was directed by Scott Nolte received rave reviews and played to sold-out houses. Artists Rep presented it as its holiday show in 2011.
PLAYWRIGHT: John Longenbaugh has been writing and directing plays in Seattle and elsewhere for more than 20 years. A graduate of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, he’s been the Artistic Director of Seattle’s Ursa Major Theatre and Theatre Babylon, and has written nearly a dozen full-length plays and a lot of shorter ones. Favorites include Scotch and Donuts, Little White Pill, The Man Who Was Thursday, How to be Cool, and the collected evening of shorts Arcana. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, a board member of Seattle Playwrights Alliance, and an active member of The Sound of the Baskervilles, a scion organization of the Baker Street Irregulars. He is proud to have been nominated for a 2011 Gregory Award as a playwright,
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Richard Wattenberg, writing an observant and detailed review for The Oregonian, calls "all the bells and whistles or ghosts and spirits" of "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol" a "holiday winner" and says "the second time around might be even more fun than the first." Read the rest here.
"...exquisitely acted characters, witty writing, a lush Victorian aesthetic..." says Anne Adams, Culturephile for Portland Monthly .
"...a good choice for those who prefer their holiday entertainment strike a balance between the sugar-plum cheery sentiment that often characterizes Christmas fare and a work such as The Santaland Diaries, a bitter (though very funny) picture of the life of a department store elf," says Carol Wells for The Oregonian. Read the full review here.
Artists Rep, looking for the right blend of tradition and novelty, has turned to Seattle playwright John Longenbaugh and his Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, a theatrical mash-up of popular Victoriana," says Bob Hicks in The Oregonian. Read the full preview article here.
“… it's smart, witty and fun, and has the makings of an annual event — the sort of family holiday diversion that many regional theaters, overdosed on seasons-past repeats of Christmas Carol, Tuna Christmas, et al., have on their wish lists.”
“It’s the best of Dickens and Doyle. … You won’t want to miss this cheery, insightful and hilarious journey with some of literatures best.”
“it’s amazing no one’s thought of this before. …ingenious”