Theatre Review: HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES with Theatre Horizon

Sherlock Holmes Spoofed at Theater Horizon

Proposition:  What if we took a very familiar Sherlock Holmes tale and distributed the sixteen parts among three of the area’s top actors.  Then we put them in the hands of one of the area’s premier directors who worked the production through three runs at three of the area’s finest theaters.  What might we expect?  The good news is that you can find out exactly how it turns out by going to Theater Horizon and seeing the splendid production of The Hound of the Baskervilles adapted for the stage by Steven Canny and John Nicholson.

I have had the privilege of watching this wonderful production develop.  All the productions have been of the highest quality, but it has been fascinating to see the process.  You, as the audience, will be the beneficiary of this wonderful process.

The three actors who perform this are Damon Bonetti, Steve Pacek, and Dave Johnson. They attack the stage after wonderfully seducing the audience with their charm.  Once the story begins it is nonstop action. Their ability to keep things straight is awe inspiring.  Each of the actors has several great moments.  They are most impressive when at the beginning of Act 2, they do a speed through review of the story thus far. It is incredibly entertaining. It is such a delight to watch the impeccable timing of these three actors. It seems obvious to me that Director Matt Pfeiffer has invited the actors into the development of the project. That is best illustrated by the actor’s ability to ad lib when appropriate.  Most importantly these three actors are having fun.  So, will you.

Steve Pacek, Damon Bonetti, and Dave Johnson in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Photo by Daniel Kontz

Director Pfeiffer has a lot of technical help.  Meghan Jones period suggesting set is complemented by Alyssandra Docherty’s lighting. Lucas Campbell and Chris Colucci combined to create an excellent sound support and Jillian Keys creates costumes that can be changed in seconds.  Mark Williams props are perfect for the production and Stage Manager Eleanor Safer and her crew deserve kudos for their hard work backstage.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a theatrical gift.  It has been honed finely and is now ready for your enjoyment.  It plays at Theater Horizon until December 8th.  For information call 610.283.2230 or go to the web site www.theatrehorizon.org.

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