The show is liberally adapted from the original 1902 story by Sir
In the vein of wildly successful B Street productions such as "The 39 Steps," "The Big Bang" and "Around the World in 80 Days," "Hound" is a small cast, multi-character, big-laughs affair. Three familiar veteran B Street actors --
They also shift in and out of "performing" as well, occasionally stopping the show to address the audience and each other as Greg, Jason, and John.
The set is minimal with two small benches as the main objects. The actors and stage crew continually move small pieces of furniture on and off stage. Images of various locales are projected onto a large screen at the rear of the stage. The production is dutifully anarchic and was both intentionally and unintentionally rough in parts as the opening-night audience guffawed excessively throughout.
The adaptation more or less follows the plot of the original, opening with Sir
An intrigued Holmes sends his associate, Dr. Watson, to investigate as he secretly travels there himself. At Baskerville Hall the mystery deepens with the introduction of the odd
This is all played for big laughs with verbal fun throughout the script. ("He had a heart attack to his heart!") and ample physical dexterity from the three skilled actors. A bit with a floating window sill was particularly well done.
Kuykendall, B Street's go-to actor for portrayals of the fictional detective such as his more straight forward adaptation in its family series last year, is the always-circumspect Sherlock here. And one of his other "Hound" characters -- a Latin woman -- is an overwhelming audience favorite. Alexander plays Watson, and Lamb plays Sir Henry, among others.
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