Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of of the Christmas Goose (Raven Theatre)

| December 15, 2013
Tyler Rich stars as Sherlock Holmes in Raven Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Golden Goose," adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. (photo credit: Dean La Prairie)        
      
Sherlock Holmes and the
   Case of the Golden Goose

Adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly 
From story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  
Directed by Michael Menendian
at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark (map)
thru Dec 29  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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This “Goose” is pleasingly cooked to consumption

     

JoAnn Montemurro, Darren Hill, Tyler Rich and Bryan Dawidowicz star in Raven Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Golden Goose," adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. (photo credit: Dean La Prairie)

    
Raven Theatre presents
    
Sherlock Holmes and the
     Case of the Golden Goose
       

Review by Lawrence Bommer

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose is not exactly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s equivalent version of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.” The sole holiday element in his “The Adventure of the Blue Carbunkle” (the source of his hour-long musical adaptation) is a Christmas goose. The bird has passed through several hands, and a plumber has been falsely accused of grand larceny. So, alerted to the matter on Boxing Day, Sherlock Holmes (Tyler Rich) and Dr. Watson (Darren Hill), the resourceful and insightful detective of Darren Hill and Tyler Rich star as Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes in Raven Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Golden Goose," adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. (photo credit: Dean La Prairie)Baker Street and his game companion, must use a kind of retroactive deduction to trace the goose’s “chain of command.” Their goal: to find out who stole a famous blue diamond from the Countess of Morcar (who never appears). “The game’s afoot.”

The dramatization, by director Michael Menendian and John Weagly, efficiently employs multiple characters to chronicle the pell-mell action and multiple locales. Ever moving backwards in time to find the crime’s origin, the investigation takes Holmes to a goose farm, a London market, a “goose club” where the best fowls are selected, and the Hotel Metropole from where the jewel, which supposedly carries a curse (but here seems harmless enough), was first purloined. (There’s even a false goose, a red herring that’s new to the genre.) In the spirit of the season, it all ends in a welcome forgiveness of the inept thief.

Adding to the cheer are carols and favorites that punctuate the action, performed by the jazzy 11-member ensemble and sometimes sung by the audience. There are also a few insistent period jokes, like a newsboy proclaiming the good news that Tiny Tim has learned to walk (ignoring the fact that Dickens’ work takes place over 40 years earlier): Happily, Jack the Ripper never spoils the fun. Very short but sufficiently sweet, this “Goose” is cooked to consumption.

  
Rating: ★★★
  
   

Sherlock Holmes… continues through December 29th at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark (map), with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays 3pm.  Tickets are $15-$20, and are available by phone (773-338-2177) or online through their website (check for half-price tickets at Goldstar.com). More information at RavenTheatre.com(Running time: one hour, without intermission)

George Goetschel, Evan Voboril, Sophia Menendian and Dan Toot in Raven Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Golden Goose," adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. (photo credit: Dean La Prairie)

Photos by Dean La Prairie 


     

artists

cast

Tyler Rich (Sherlock Holmes), Darren Hill (Dr. John H. Watson), Conor Clark, Bryan Dawidowicz, Sophia Menendian, JoAnn Montemurro, Charlotte Ostrow, Symphony Sanders, George Goetschel, Dan Toot, Evan Voboril (ensemble)

behind the scenes

Michael Menendian (director), Justin Castellano (lighting design), Geno Franco (set design), George Goetschel (musical director), Kiley Morgan (stage manager), Dean La Prairie (photos)

Darren Hill stars as Dr. Watson in Raven Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Golden Goose," adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. (photo credit: Dean La Prairie)  Braun Dawidowicz and Symphony Sanders in Raven Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Golden Goose," adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. (photo credit: Dean La Prairie)

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Category: 2013 Reviews, Holiday Show, Lawrence Bommer, Musical, Raven Theatre

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