Theater serves many purposes in our lives, it can make us think, it can move us to tears, it can make of the human condition and it can make us fear for the future. The Hound of the Baskervilles at Delaware Theatre Company does none of those things. What it offers, however, is unadulterated entertainment, and fun. This version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic is adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. It is performed by three quality actors under the direction of an experienced, talented director, and provides a truly delightful evening of fun and laughter.
From the very start, the actors charm and seduce the audience. They are charismatic, self-deprecating, and energetic. Working on Meghan Jones spare, environmental set, they tell the story of Sherlock Holmes investigation into a murder and a mystery on the moors of Baskerville manor. Using Jillian Keys quick change costumes, Alyssandra Docherty’s mood creating lighting, and cleverly infused sound by Christopher Colucci and Lucas Campbell, the actors energetically convey the story.
As Sherlock Holmes and others, Damon Bonetti captures the sleuth’s condescending tone and conceited surety. He is equally effective as a key female character. Dave Johnson’s Dr. John Watson captures the perfect foil nature that we are used to from a sidekick. Sean Close rounds out the trio playing myriad characters, all distinctly and enthusiastically. Assisted by Mark William’s cleverly constructed props and Matt Pfeiffer’s creative, well-paced direction, our intrepid trio explore countless comedy styles as they milk each moment for its comic possibilities.
Delaware Theater Company continues to provide well-produced, audience friendly shows. The Hound of the Baskervilles is a perfect example of the quality productions that have marked the company’s consistency under Executive and Artistic Director, Bud Martin. The Hound of the Baskervilles runs until September 29th. For information and tickets call 302.594.1100 or go to the website delawaretheatre.org.