Aquila Theatre presents the adventures of London's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, who's played by a woman in this comedic, fast-paced thriller. More…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vivid characters jump from the page weaving a tale of suspense and intrigue. In addition to Sherlock Holmes, many of Doyle's other characters are on hand such as the trusted sidekick Dr. Watson and Irene Adler, the woman who got away. More than a century after his debut, Sherlock Holmes remains the definitive and most famous detective in world literature. The Aquila Theatre brings its energetic physical style to this new adaptation of Doyle's popular detective series. Playing at the Queens Theatre and Brooklyn's GK ArtsCenter.
"Director Desiree Sanchez has expertly adapted three adventures for the stage...I was totally enthralled...This is a powerful repertory theatre company that slithers in and out of roles, shedding characterization with skill and speed...Sanchez has masterfully crafted yet another piece of theatrical genius. Her direction is polished and laser sharp. She gets the maximum amount of potential out of every stage moment, has exceptional attention to detail, and is a demiurge of direction." Full Review
for a previous production "Jackie Schram portrays Holmes with originality. There is terrific energy in the production moving the play at a rapid pace and much of that is driven by Schram...Director Sanchez is wildly inventive, and the production choices made were carried out beautifully...This version offers a wonderful revelation answering what a female actress might do with the part of Sherlock. Frankly, Schram nails it." Full Review
for a previous production "Aquila mounts a slick, fast-paced, and highly entertaining rendition of that old sleuth from Baker Street and proves once again that gender norms, when they are overturned on stage, make for some refreshing performance. The genius behind Sanchez’s production is that it is simultaneously old and new; an almost unusually faithful rendition of three of Doyle’s original stories combined with a modern staging that incorporates elements of film noir and laugh-out-loud physical comedy." Full Review
See it if Good fun, very clever, nice surprises, very well acted and very well staged.
Don't see it if you are in the mood for something serious and thought-provoking or have trouble following fast talking
See it if You enjoy plays like 39 Steps (similar concept). Solid acting and staging - thought the actors did a good job conveying the time.
Don't see it if If you don't like shows on the long side (chairs were not comfortable and they easily could have cut 20-25 minutes from the show).
See it if You've ever enjoyed Sherlock Holmes, or are just up for a fun, thoroughly entertaining, two hour mystery adventure.
Don't see it if you can't keep up with the fast-paced dialogue typical of the original Sherlock.
See it if you get free tickets. The direction, writing, and acting are uninspired; motivated by unnecessary movement and anachronistic characters.
Don't see it if you value your time. This is two hours you will never get back. I wish there was some redeeming quality to this production. There was not.
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