Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel,
16615-109 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
February 7 to April 2, 2017
Tickets (including buffet dinner), $75 to $100
Review by GRAHAM HICKS, Hicksbiz.com
There is something enticingly relaxing about an evening out at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.
You are not supposed to think critically, not supposed to debate the show’s inner meanings, not be upset or outraged.
You are simply to sit back, satiated after a good buffet dinner, sipping on a nice glass of wine, and be entertained.
And the entertainment value doesn’t get much better than the comedic farce/whodunit now playing, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.
Five actors, 30-plus characters, dozens of scenes introduced by the actors sneaking scenery on stage, a farce with many doors equally carried on stage for actors to jump in and out of.
It truly is a laugh a minute, and within the comedy, more-or-less tells the story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
It helps that the cast is all-star Edmonton – George Szilagyi as Sherlock Holmes, Ashley Wright as Watson, Chris Bullough primarily as the gun-shootin’ Texas heir and others, Amber Lewis and Kevin Corey playing everybody else – and I do mean everybody!
Director John Kirkpatrick moves the show along at a fine pace and with terrific comedic sensibilities. Much of the comedy actually zings from the stage over the audience’s head, because there’s so much going on - in the script, physical comedy, back-ground fun, facial expressions.
Mayfield Dinner Theatre shows are not meant to be dissected and analyzed.
Just rest assured: Baskerville is a fine comedy/whodunit that you can take just about anybody to – from a sophisticated theatre goer to dear great-auntie Sybil – and all will reap much enjoyment.