Inspector Goring (Jean Given), from left, William Gillette (Peter Byrnes) and Felix Geisel (Dave Sayer) listen intently as Madge Geisel offers up an opinion of who a murderer at Gillette’s home may be in The Game’s Afoot (Holmes For The Holidays) running at the Powerhouse Theatre. (Amy Bell photo)

Vernon theatre group scores with murder mystery

Powerhouse Theatre production of the Game’s Afoot takes you on many plot turns and twists

Who doesn’t love a whodunnit?

The Powerhouse Theatre is banking on that premise as it presents the Game’s Afoot (Holmes for the Holidays).

The play, written by Ken Ludwig, won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Play in 2012.

You’ll be able to see why.

The twists, turns and running gags are non-stop in this hilarious mystery, and the cast assembled under the direction of Debra Bob does a masterful job.

Broadway star William Gillette (Peter Byrnes), renowned for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in a play he wrote as a starving actor, has invited his fellow cast members — including longtime friend and roommate Felix Geisel (Dave Sayer) and his wife, Madge (Kim Flick) – to visit him at his Connecticut castle for Christmas Eve revelry and exchanging gifts.

This comes as Gillette recovers from being shot in the shoulder while on-stage at his last performance in New York City. But was the bullet really meant for him, or perhaps one of the other cast members?

Also showing up at the mansion are Aggie Wheeler (Ali Balloun) and her new husband, Simon (Brian Atamanchuk), and the woman Gillette shares the home with, his adoring, loving, scattered mother, Martha (Ann Cordingly).

Unbeknownst to the guests, Gillette has also invited renowned newspaper columnist Daria Chase (Julie Drapala), known for play reviews and for stabbing people in the back.

When one of the guests turns up dead, the merriment quickly turns treacherous in comedic fashion.

Gillette steps up to take on the persona of Sherlock Holmes, as he’s done for 20 years on Broadway, to help Inspector Goring (Jean Given) before the next victim appears. Goring appears after a confession phone call from the home to police ends abruptly.

The surviving guests all have their theories as to who committed murder in the mansion, and who tried to kill Gillette on stage.

The scene-stealers are Sayer, in his 26th Powerhouse production, and Drapala, in her Powerhouse debut. They are magnificent and bring such life to their roles.

You’ll laugh at the gags and plot twists, you’ll marvel at the set design created by Cara Nunn (complete with secret passage from bookcase to bar) and you’ll enjoy yourself for two hours as you try to figure out whodunnit.

The Powerhouse Theatre presents The Game’s Afoot (Holmes For The Holidays) Nov. 20-23, 7:30 p.m. nightly, (matinée Nov 24, 2 p.m.) and again Nov. 27-30 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $28.50 for adults, $22 for students, $26.50 matinée adult, $22 matinée student). Tickets are available at ticketseller.ca.

READ MORE: Vernon artist waves women’s flag in Penticton

READ MORE: Cirque-inspired Nutcracker sleigh rides into outdoor Armstrong theatre


@VernonNews
roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Food support continues for Vernon students despite school closures

Kids aren’t going hungry thanks to Kal Rotary and Starfish Backpack program

General exposure to public low after inmate tests positive for COVID-19: Interior Health

The Okanagan Correctional Centre inmate is receiving appropriate care

WATCH: Enderby seniors stay fit in self-isolation

Residents have taken to their balconies to follow along in exercise class

North Okanagan district discourages campfires amid COVID-19

Campfire ban in effect for RDCO but not for neighbour district in the north

Vernon man’s appeal of murder conviction postponed by COVID-19

William Victor Schneider was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Natsumi Kogawa in 2016

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

Mitchell’s Musings: Pandemics and parking meters don’t add up

Despite COVID-19 crisis, City of Vernon insists on paid parking downtown

KGH Foundation establishes COVID-19 response fund to support frontline workers

Doctors, nurses and staff have been challenged to pivot operations to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

Emergency services respond to numerous incidents on Highway 1

Today there were multiple semi truck crashes on Highway 1 and a collision by the hospital

Large item collection events cancelled in Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

Concerns about spread of COVID-19 led to decision to cancel collection events

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

Most Read