"The Game's Afoot; Or Holmes for the Holidays" is the long name of this fairly new play that was listed as a farce.
I automatically think of slamming doors when I see the word farce. This was thankfully a farce from the new breed of Broadway productions. Only one closet door is slammed and the mayhem is very funny.
The setting of the story is Christmas Eve of 1936. The location is a new mansion on the Connecticut River. It is a Sherlock Holmes whodunit and amazingly funny.
The set was well designed by Ken George with a hidden room (revolving door) and snowfall that looked pretty real.
I tip my hat to Cami Huebert who designed the costumes. The '30s ball gowns were gorgeous! The men's attire was true to that period and the long lounging robe worn by William Gillette in the second act was so very perfect!
The cast was comprised of two professional actors and six Stephens College students. In a farce of this nature, the actors must always overplay their roles and the entire cast did that to perfection.
I love Sam Cordes as William Gillette, a wannabe Sherlock Holmes. Cordes does comedy better than most and was an excellent choice for this role. It was so good to see him back on the OST stage again. He is an accomplished actor and teacher of theatre who once was a Stephens student. Welcome back Sam!
The other "pro" on the stage was Brett Olson who played the role of Felix Geisel. He and Cordes played off each other so well! They were totally hilarious, especially when they were carrying the murder victim around in an attempt to hide her.
The soon-to-be murder victim, Daria Chase, was delightfully portrayed by Megan Wagner. She did a fine job as the trouble-making siren and when she had to "play dead" and be hauled all over that stage more than once, she pulled it off so well. Bravo Megan!
I enjoyed the performance by Meaghan Parker as the old mother Martha Gillette. Her treks up and down the staircase were funny and she didn't fall out of her elderly character through all the shenanigans going on.
Emily Bricker was a cute Aggie Wheeler and Dalton Mobley a dashing "leading man." They were a very likable couple and I enjoyed their performances.
Morgan Walker drew the role of Inspector Goring. Although she was sometimes hard to understand, her delivery and facial expressions were right on.
The play was written by Ken Ludwig of "Lend Me A Tenor" fame. It was old school in setting and methodology but much more modern in the way of writing and execution. We laughed through the whole show.
Thanks to everyone at OST who is involved with "The Game's Afoot." It was such fun to sit back, relax and laugh all evening long!
The play runs through Sunday night.