If you like authentic Sherlock Holmes, you will love this play!!! Fast paced, witty, funny, quite simply - brilliant!!...
certified reviewerJune 10, 2012
What a delightful play and wonderful performances from Mawson and Vernazza! The actors deliver a fabulously well-observed exploration of the seldom-explored complexities of both characters and the relationship between the two. A must see!...
With the recent re-interpretation of Sherlock Holmes through the movies starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, many have lost sight of the original vision of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary masterpiece.
Thank God for John Mawson and Mario Vernazza! Their show returns the story to the proper vision and setting - Victorian England.
Their accents and costumes are impeccable. Their chemistry is obvious. The story is shocking and thought-provoking.
Although slow at times, the story covers almost the entire lives of the original Dynamic Duo. Beginning from their first encounter, they story dwells more on their intimate friendship than on any one particular case. This broad retrospective was fresh and tastefully done.
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I loved "The Secret of Sherlock Holmes" - excellent performances, with great twists and turns in the life of Holmes along with his trusty friend Dr. Watson...both characters were very believable (and lovable!. The play truly brought Sherlock Holmes to life! I look forward to seeing the longer version. - Wendy L. Kaysing aka "taratree" - Venice, CA....
Great performances from both actors. Highly enjoyable it has humour, pathos and touches on darkness making a nuanced and stimulating perfomance that just zipped along. Great if you want to see good acting, good writing and directing and ultimately it's very easy to watch if you're not a theater regular....
I really enjoyed this play. The brilliance of Holmes and the camaraderie of Watson are a joy to behold. The writing is sharp and amusing. Mawson and Vernazza are perfectly cast as the duo, and I could have happily stayed to watch more tales unfold for Holmes and Watson. The staging is simple but effective, and allows the audience imagination to work away to it's own limits, and the music is beautiful and gin house atmospheric.
certified reviewerJuly 08, 2012
This on the surface, could have been a very interesting show. However I found it dreary and very amateur. Both cast members over-acted to the point of it being a joke. There was no chemistry whatsoever between the characters, and as a result the hour painfully dragged.
It seemed I was watching a battle between two rival actors, each desperate to out-act each other, both failing to deliver.
Neither performer gave over any sense of the emotion in any of the scenes - it was like watching two robots with posh accents and the occasional 'amateur dramatic' facial twitch, reading the phone directory.
Anyone can stand on a stage and tell the audience in words that Holmes and Watson have a unique bond, but unless you make our emotions believe...