Instead of building on the source material, Chamber Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily" mainly recycles them, but without Sherlock's skill at puzzles and the wit of his friend Wilde.
The signs of fall are creeping closer. And while there's nothing better than Shakespeare under the stars on a hot July night, these exciting productions, gracing local stages through the end of 2018, have me looking forward to the months ahead.
In the Milwaukee Rep's "Holmes and Watson," one of literature's greatest sidekicks has a mystery to solve. Unfortunately the best direction, most gifted acting and exceptional scenery doesn't save it from being a terrible bore.
Most of the time when a play opens, it's easy to figure out who the star is - usually an actor with a major part. Sometimes, the star can be something else, like a director or a composer or a costume designer. Rarely would anybody pick a lighting designer as the star, unless they see the wonderful production of "Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars" that opened the season for First Stage.
It's Tax Day and hopefully, you've beaten the rush and filled out your 1040s already. If you were lucky enough to get some money back from the Feds, here are a few suggestions on how to spend the extra dough. After all, who deserves a present more than you?