The Game is Afoot

By Lou Christine and Lee Harris

The world’s greatest detective is coming to San Miguel de Allende in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, a mysterious, thrilling, fast moving play by award winning playwright Steven Dietz. It has many of the elements of Sherlock Holmes stories we have come to expect: danger, intrigue, suspense, wit, humor, and even romance. But you may be surprised to know something that will not be part of the script.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
Wed, Feb 25 – Fri, Feb 27, 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 28, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta

For almost everyone in the English speaking world the quip, “Elementary, my dear Watson,” brings to mind a detective with a magnifying glass, smoking a curved calabash pipe, and sporting a deerstalker cap. The smug, brilliant crime solver Sherlock Holmes is commonly believed to have uttered that line to chastise his sidekick, Doctor Watson. All of these elements will always be synonymous with Holmes for most of us. But Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, never penned those exact words, and many of those features that we visualize actually come from portrayals on the stage and in hundreds of movies and TV episodes.

The initial Sherlock Holmes story was published in 1887. The popularity of Holmes soon enabled Conan Doyle to leave his career as a medical doctor to write full time. In 1899 he collaborated with renowned American actor William Gillette to write a play based on his characters. Gillette performed the role of Holmes on Broadway, in London, and around the world thousands of times over 30 years.

Steven Dietz’s play is a clever update of the 1899 play, where we not only see Dr. Watson as the story’s narrator and Holmes’ sidekick, but also a smart and assertive Irene Adler, the only woman ever known to foil Sherlock’s brilliant mind. In The Final Adventure, Holmes is pitted against his sworn enemy, the diabolical and just-as-brilliant crime czar Moriarty. Holmes and Watson assist the King of Bavaria, who’s being blackmailed because of an affair of the heart, a case that becomes a ploy to lure Holmes into a trap so Moriarty can rid the world of Holmes once and for all. Will it be the undoing of both rivals?

Steven Dietz is considered one of the ten most-produced playwrights in the English language. He received the Edgar Award in 2007 for the premiere production of this play, and was recently awarded the 2011-12 Ingram New Works Fellowship by the Tennessee Repertory Theatre.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, produced here at Teatro Ángela Peralta by Bajío Rep, is directed by Allan Gross. It plays one week only, February 25 through 27 at 7:30pm, with two final performances on Saturday, February 28 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.

The eclectic local cast stars Jim Newell as Sherlock Holmes, Bill Pearlman as Dr. Watson, and also features Ethan Emory as Moriarty and Clara Dunham as Irene Adler, with other standouts rounding out the cast. Tickets available at Teatro Ángela Peralta’s box office.


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