Elementary: With ‘Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,’ the game’s afoot at Howmet Playhouse


Andrew Steward 


WHITEHALL — The world’s most famous consulting detective will again be on the case when “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” runs at Howmet Playhouse here.

With 7:30 p.m. performances Aug. 11-13, playwright Steven Dietz’s adaptation of an 1899 play by Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette, a Victorian actor who specialized in portraying the fictional sleuth, combines characters and situations from several Holmes tales.

Much of the drama comes from “A Scandal in Bohemia,” an 1891 mystery adventure which was the first of Conan Doyle’s short stories about Holmes to be published in the Strand magazine. Dietz’s script also includes characters and situations from “Dressed to Kill,” the 1946 movie that starred Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Holmes’ friend and biographer, Dr. Watson.

In “The Final Adventure,” Holmes comes out of seclusion to aid the King of Bohemia who is being blackmailed over a love affair that could bring down his monarchy. Holmes and Watson encounter and tangle with, among others, a famous opera singer named Irene Adler; and Holmes’ infamous arch nemesis, the criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty.

The show the playhouse is presenting as part of its 2016 Summer Theatre Festival stars Andrew Steward in the title role. A West Michigan actor whose previous playhouse roles have included Axel in “The Nerd” and Trotter in “The Mousetrap,” Steward holds degrees from Muskegon Community College and Grand Valley State University. He has toured in Shakespeare productions in Michigan, Tennessee and Europe, and this fall will become an apprentice at actor Jeff Daniels’ professional Purple Rose Theatre cross-state in Chelsea.

Also in director Chris Beaman’s cast are Justin Sternburgh as Watson, Sarah Sternburgh as Irene Adler, Katie McCool as Made, Anthony Frost as Moriarty, Joe Auffrey as the King of Bohemia, Dakotah Salazar as Sid and Ray Brazaski as Larabie.

Individual tickets for “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” are $21 for adults and $17 for students.

For reservations, visit the playhouse’s web site, http://www.howmetplayhouse.org; or the box office of the playhouse, 304 S. Mears. The box office is open weekdays from 1-5 p.m., and one hour before performances.

Categories: Theatre

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