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Review: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES at Whippoorwill Theater

If you're looking for a laugh-filled spoof of a murder mystery solved by pop culture's most recognizable detective team, look no further than the Whipporwilll Theater. The Hound of the Baskervilles follows the iconic detective duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they attempt to solve the mystery surrounding the death of the wealthy Charles Baskerville. Unbeknownst to Holmes and Watson, the Baskerville family has been keeping a secret that could be the key to cracking the case. Over the course of their journey, Holmes and Watson work closely with Baskerville's nephew Henry, the eccentric Stapleton siblings, and multiple other characters they meet along the way. But how are they involved in Charles' death? It's up to Holmes and Watson to figure it out. And as if all of that wasn't entertaining enough--only three actors play all the characters, at times even breaking the fourth wall.

Versatile and multi-talented actors Matt Ban, Joe Delafield, and Denis Lambert take on all the roles both seamlessly and hilariously. The minimalist yet effective set design places a lot of responsibility on the actors to create the atmosphere of multiple settings, from the streets of London to the Baskervilles' elaborate mansion. However, these actors do it with the utmost ease. Additionally, the actors often break the fourth wall to poke fun at the fact that they are playing multiple roles, and even to address hilarious internet criticism. The result of all these elements is a cleverly humorous night at the theatre.

Whether you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories or not, you're sure to enjoy this farcical comedy.

The Hudson Stage Company's The Hound of the Baskervilles was adapted for the stage by Steven Canny and John Nicholson and directed by Mark Shanahan. It is now playing from April 28th to May 13th.

Photo Credit: Rana Faure

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