The Brooke Hills Playhouse will conclude its 43rd season with Ken Ludwig's comedy-mystery, "The Game's Afoot (Or Holmes for the Holidays)," to be presented this Friday and Saturday and next Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and this Sunday and next Sunday at 2 p.m. Reservations are available by calling the Playhouse at (304) 737-3344.
"The Game's Afoot" is set at the palatial Connecticut home of actor-playwright William Gillette, on Christmas Eve of 1936. Gillette was famous as the foremost stage portrayer of Sherlock Holmes and as the co-author, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of a popular stage play based on the character.
Gillette has invited some friends and fellow actors to spend the Christmas holidays with him when a murder occurs. Gillette assumes the character of Holmes, complete with Inverness cape, deerstalker hat and Meerschaum pipe, to solve the case before the murderer strikes again.
"The Game's Afoot" won the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe award for best play, and concludes the Playhouse's "Award-Winning Season" of plays that have won major theater and literary awards.
Director Diana Mendel of Wellsburg says she has assembled an experienced cast that is up to the challenge of a play that combines comedy and mystery. The actors include Walt Warren of Wheeling in his fourth Playhouse appearance of the year as William Gillette and Sherlock Holmes.
Connie J. Wendel of Glen Dale, who will portray Gillette's mother, Martha, is close behind Warren in 2014 Brooke Hills credits. This is her third show of the season.
Rob DeSantis of Follansbee also marks his third Playhouse production of the year with his role as actor Felix Geisel, whose signature portrayal was that of Holmes arch-enemy, Professor Moriarity.
Emily Fournier of Weirton, another Playhouse veteran, is cast as Geisel's long-time wife, Madge.
Steve Fournier of Weirton, who has acted in many past Brooke Hills shows and was seen last in 2013's production of "Bathroom Humor", will portray actor Simon Bright, who arrives with his much younger new wife, played by Sierra Mortimer, also of Weirton.
Ashly Ceglie of Follansbee returns to the Playhouse stage for her second show of the summer as Daria Chase, a much-hated drama critic.
Ellen Nicholas of Weirton completes the cast as Inspector Goring, a Connecticut cop called in to conduct an official investigation of the murder. Reverend Dan Harry of Bethany will play the unseen Broadcaster.
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