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Community theater: ‘Game’s Afoot’ at LW Playhouse a gift for the season

Written by Palm Beach ArtsPaper Staff on 30 November 2013.

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Mystery Solved at Lake Worth Playhouse

with The Game’s Afoot

By Mo’s Review. November 25, 2013

What do you get when you mix a dash of Shakespeare, a pinch of Agatha Christie and a dose of Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes?

Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays, a wonderful comic farce that pays tribute to those 1930’s black and white classic murder mysteries.  You can almost hear the clacking of the movie reel as Lake Worth Playhouse and its Artistic Director Jodie Dixon-Mears present an evening of fun, frolic and farce in this whimsical production playing November 21 through December 8.

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading roles as Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry.  But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated country estate of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous.  It is up to Gillette, as he dons the persona of his beloved Holmes, to discover the killer before any other guest succumbs to the same fate.  The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

From the opening scene to the curtain call there is no mystery why Dixon-Mears selected this fine cast to bring laughs and levity to Lake Worth Playhouse’s audiences.

There is no shortage of talent or experience with this ensemble of actors and production staff.  David Zide as William Gillette is masterfully comic and very believable as the gadget-loving actor turned amateur sleuth.  Zide is an accomplished stage actor with over thirty major roles in his resume.  With classic good looks and wit, Zide adds Cary Grant charm to his role.

Veteran Lake Worth performers Kari Budyk and Jason Leadingham are wonderfully whacky as Madge and Felix Geisel, the Lunt and Fontaine of Ludwig’s play.

The rest of the cast has great chemistry and timing with one another and the audience, which is a wonderful testament to Director Jodie Dixon-Mears’ ability to bring together the talent and experience of these terrific performers.  Indigo Rancourt’s portrayal as Daria Chase, the theatre critic everyone loves to hate, is reminiscent of Bea Arthur’s broad stroke movements and timing.

Of course, this period play would not be complete or credible without the production staff working its magic.  From Norma O’Hep de Jesus’ set design of a country estate drawing room to Technical Director Steve Graybill’s construction of it along with costumes, lighting and sound each area helped transport the audience back to a wintery, snowy New England estate in 1936.

Opening night at Lake Worth Playhouse is always a grand evening with Callaro’s Steak House providing delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  With ticket sales’ proceeds going toward sustaining the quality and professionalism of this community theatre, Lake Worth Playhouse has given South Florida live theatre goers another holiday gift with The Game’s Afoot.