Three men claiming to be Sherlock Holmes are being held in an asylum on an island. The famous detective's trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, must make his way to the remote isle to identify the true Sherlock. The Indiana Repertory Theatre's season opener is a twisty mystery that keeps you guessing until the final moments. It takes a minute for the show to hit its rhythm, but it's worth settling in to wait and see how the identities are revealed.
The set is one of the most extraordinary the IRT has created. Its gothic design layers stairs and ledges deep into the stage. There is even an aperture that opens and closes to reveal different characters and gives the audience the feeling of being inside of a camera at times. Kudos to Robert Mark Morgan for its creation.
Each of the three Sherlocks have a unique take on the role. One is classically clever, two is grief-stricken and emotional, and the third is literally catatonic. The seven-person cast keeps the show humming under the direction of Risa Braninin. Each member of the ensemble kept a few tricks up their sleeves to add to the mystery.
The 90 minute show clips along quickly and there is no intermission. As the momentum builds towards the satisfying conclusion all the pieces fall into place. Ironically, the only thing missing from the show is more interaction between Holmes and Watson. The whole plot revolves around discovering who the real Holmes is and so the beloved pair rarely have a moment for playful banter. Regardless, it's a fun show whether you're an avid fan of Sherlock or just love a good mystery.Don't Miss the Show
The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, one-half block west of the Circle Center Mall between northbound Illinois St. and southbound Capitol Ave. "Holmes and Watson" runs until Oct. 21 on IRT's Main Stage. Times for performances can be found at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT box office at (317) 635-5252. To purchase tickets call (317) 635-5252 or order online at www.irtlive.com
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