Monday, March 25, 2024

Review Highlights: HOLMES AND WATSON - Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

Joe Kearns, Matthew R. Harris, and Cat Hartmann
Photo by Lee Cooley

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through April 27

"After having its world premiere at Arizona Theatre Company in 2017, Jeffrey Hatcher's fantastic thriller, Holmes and Watson, is back in a well-cast production at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre. The small venue provides an intimacy to the play, which focuses on the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson, and the closeness of the actors to the audience manages to immediately pull the viewers into the engaging drama which is full of twists and turns and will constantly keep you on the edge of your seat....Under Lee Cooley's direction, practically everyone in the cast plays at least two roles with wonderful dexterity. However, I have a few quibbles with the staging and added humor in this production... the almost constant movement and swiftly read lines detract from the dialogue and the importance of the plot. Also, while there are a few funny lines or moments in the script, this is a drama and not a comedy, so adding a puppet to portray Holmes and Moriarty in the flashback scenes and having a different sound effect every time a bell is rung adds unnecessary humor that threatens to detract from the serious nature of Hatcher's play and the intensity of Conan Doyle's characters."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

"Director Lee Cooley... has done an admirable and clever job in transporting and scaling the drama to the round in the intimate setting of Don Bluth Front Row Theatre. Not content with the aura of suspense normally associated with detective story mindbenders, Cooley, endowed with a brilliant and wry sense of humor, has embellished the story with playful homages to Mel Brooks and puppetry. The sum effect is an entertaining and engaging romp towards an entirely unanticipated climax....The play is complex, confusing, and circuitous, requiring the audience’s full attention....From beginning to climactic end, the production proceeds at a well-paced clip. Cooley and company have delivered the goods for an enthralling and engaging episode In the life (or death?) of Sherlock Holmes. - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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