Like most humans these days, Sherlock Holmes has a place in my heart. I’m not alone in having a soft spot for the brilliant, narcissistic, borderline sociopath, addict who tends to save the day at every turn. Holmes’s character is easily loved, his flaws make him more human, relateable; his talent makes him as powerful as if he was super-human, sometimes it can be eerie. We can’t get enough. One simply gives this character an audience and he shines. Needless to say, I spend most of my time wishing I lived in London, wishing I could walk around Baker Street and spend my evenings drinking tea with Watson, helping Mrs. Hudson keep up with Holmes and his ridiculous demands. It would be such a grand adventure!
A week ago, my dream kind of came true. Lacy and I were whisked away to 221 Baker Street for an evening of adventure, mystery, and jaw dropping scenery. The best part about this scenario? We didn’t travel further than The Seattle Rep’s Bagley Wright Theatre.The Hound of the Baskervilles is not to be missed. The scenic, lighting and projection design by L.B. Morse will leave you questioning his use of actual super-natural magic. Any good Sherlock Holmes story involves several immaculate illusions that will soon be de-bunked in a sweeping symphony of genius level detective work. I don’t think I took an actual deep breath in for about two hours. This show will simply leave you spellbound.
The partnership of this script, director and designer is flawless. Allison Narver is a master at keeping the action steady, using a slightly comedic pace and simultaneously keeping the audience on the edge of our seats. She knows exactly how to invoke intimacy during on-stage chaos. Thanks to a fearless script, David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright are as dynamic a duo as Holmes and Watson themselves, the characters are appropriately developed in rapid fire dialogue and astonishing intimate moments. We only get to know so much, we are left wanting more and with a mystery this is exactly as it should be. I am supremely proud to say that this show was conceived in Seattle.
Of course, this show has an end date, it must close on December 15th and at this point, you have about a week to get yourself into a seat. Bring a friend, order a delicious cocktail (the Rep’s bar always has the most clever drink specials!) and get ready to be entertained for nearly three hours. Does that sound a little daunting? Yes, I too had that thought but I can tell you with certainty that this show FLIES by. You will barely notice that you have sat through two intermissions and you will NOT be disappointed.
Hurry! The game is afoot!