|A Christmas mystery posted on 12/01/2021|
Kelly Lazenby, director of the December Nutz-n-Boltz Theater
Company’s production, noted that a play with Sherlock Holmes has always been at
the top of the list. This month, the time has come with “The Game’s Afoot or
Holmes for the Holidays,” by Ken Ludwig.
“It’s funny, it’d madcap, it’s a little bit of a murder
mystery and it’s Christmas,” Lazenby said. “There’s a little bit of
The story features a group of actors celebrating Christmas
together at the home of actor William Gillette in Connecticut. Gillette was a
real person, an actor who met Arthur Conan Doyle, wrote a play based on the
Sherlock Holmes adventures and then played Sherlock for more than 20 years on
In the play, Gillette must recover after being shot in the
final show of the season, which also featured a stagehand dying. When the cast
gathers at Gillette's house, they are joined by theater critic Daria Chase, who
ends up murdered later that night, offering Gillette a chance to try his hand
as Sherlock Holmes for real.
Lazenby noted that the show is running for just two
weekends, but each weekend will include a Saturday matinee in order to offer
eight performances. COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including masks, but
Lazenby added that those haven’t been a big challenge for the theater.
“It hasn’t really been too much of a hassle, people are
pretty happy to be going somewhere,” she said.
NNB’s production of “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the
Holidays,” by Ken Ludwig will run from Friday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 19,
at the Boring Grange, 27861 Grange Street in Boring. Show times are 7:30 p.m.
on Fridays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Ticket pricing is from $12-15 and the show is appropriate
for all ages, but best enjoyed if over 10 years old. There are special group
rates for parties of ten or more and concessions will be served. For more
information, or to make reservations, call 503-593-1295 or visit
The Sandy Actors Theatre (SAT) will continue its production
of “Miracle on 34th Street,” about a Santa at a department store who claims to
be the real Santa and ends up going to the Supreme Court where he gets the help
from a little girl. The production is written by Lance Arthur Smith, adapted
from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast (itself adapted from the hit movie).
“Miracle on 34th Street” will run through Sunday, Dec. 19,
at SAT, 17433 SE Meinig Avenue in Sandy (behind Ace Hardware). Show times are
7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $18
general admission, $13 for children and $15 for seniors, first responders,
students and veterans (reservations are recommended). For more information, or
to make reservations call 503-936-4378 or visit sandyactorstheatre.org.
By Garth Guibord/MT