COMMENTARY: Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror

Anthony and Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror bills itself as a loving pastiche of all things Sherlock. Its cast of characters features Holmes and Watson alongside an assortment of cultural figures from late-19th-century London, such as Gilbert & Sullivan, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw. What kind of sparks will fly as Holmes and Watson mingle alongside celebrated Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry, or engage in a duel of wits with Wilde? How will they respond when confronted by Holmes superfan H.G Wells? The theme of history vs. fiction is a big one for this play. “It’s a 21st-century play, based on 20th century characters, based on 19th century stories,” director Lauren Stiers wrote […]

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Sock ‘N’ Buskin to feature new directorial talent

Starting next week, Sock ‘N’ Buskin are revealing their 2016-17 season with a lineup of four confirmed shows starting in November. Lauren Stiers and Casey Beynon, both previous members of the Sock ‘N’ Buskin team, are stepping into the director’s seat for the first time with the highly-acclaimed Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror and God of Carnage. Stiers said she has been involved with shows since her first year at Sock ‘N’ Buskin. This will be her second year on the board of directors. She said she is thrilled to share her vision of the Anthony Dodge modern classic. “I’m very passionate about the source material for Sherlock Holmes and bringing all the literary criticism that I’ve read about […]

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Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s The Crucible is full of substance and style

Imaginations run wild and accusations fly as a group of young women are caught doing suspicious things at midnight by the local preacher in Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s recent production of The Crucible, directed by Jake Pitre and Keith Hickey. This version of Arthur Miller’s Salem witch trials courtroom drama was modernized by a decision to go goth: The staging included fog and strobe lights, new wave-inspired electronic music played in between acts, and the makeup and costumes were all goth themed. The new direction succeeded in changing the way the play worked and made it feel modern and relevant. A significant amount of the success of the play relied on the strength of the actors. With the exception of the […]

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