Baskerville – a Sherlock Holmes Mystery – Review by Bonnie Goldberg


One cannot dispute that in fictional literature Sherlock Holmes reigns as one of the genre’s foremost detectives. Thanks to the great storytelling skills of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes will forever be acknowledged for his powerful investigative prowess, along with his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson.

New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre is inviting you to witness those incredible deductive traits in its latest offering Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” sure to be entertaining you until Sunday, March 25. This case is purported to be Holmes’ most difficult and intriguing ever. Can Holmes with his reliance on science, facts and evidence be able to solve it?

Holmes is back, stronger and more brilliant than ever after his creator mistakenly killed him off in his novel “The Final Solution.” The public, however, screamed and protested indignation, forcing Doyle to resurrect him, claiming the great investigator had faked his own death and, thus, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” was born.

Now, thanks to Ken Ludwig, the king of farce and humor has put his own delightful spin on the tale where Holmes, a suave and savvy Alex Moggridge, and his cohort Watson, an accommodating Daniel Pearce, are aided by a trio of flexible associates playing three dozen zany parts, Kelly Hutchinson, Christopher Livingston and Brian Owen. Nowhere have you likely seen faster costume changes courtesy of Lex Liang, aided by sharp lighting designed by Robert Wierzel, and
sound effects engineered by Victoria Deiorio with original music.

Sir Charles Baskerville has mysteriously died, from a heart attack or was he frightened to death by a ferocious and fierce beast, a hound? Is this a continuation of a curse placed on the family generations ago when a Sir Hugo Baskerville kidnapped a young maiden and traded his soul to the devilwhen she escaped in order to get her back.

Now Sir Henry Baskerville has left his Texas home to claim his inheritance as the only known living heir but warnings keep popping up. Holmes and Watson had been employed to keep him alive and to solve the mystery. The chase lands on the moors of Devonshire where director Brendon Fox keeps the action and suspense moving in a swirl of fog with the haunting howl of the hounds ever present.

For tickets ($ 46-91.50 ), call Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven at 203-787-4282 or online at Performances are Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m on the Claire Tow Stage.

Discover who you can trust and who is patently dishonest as you watch Holmes direct Watson across the mysterious moors where anything can happen and danger looms large.