A Sherlock Holmes classic comes to life in parody form at Theatre Horizon

Feature photo: Steve Pacek, Damon Bonetti, and Dave Johnson, Photo by Daniel Kontz

-Brenda Hillegas

Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are brought to life at Theatre Horizon in a fun parody of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle characters. In The Hound of the Baskervilles– playing now until December 8th- an old fashioned story of mystery and suspense is hilariously heightened as three actors play all of the novel’s characters in a stage performance unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Theatre Horizon actors Damon Bonetti, Dave Johnson and Steve Pacek take on the roles of Holmes, Watson, and Baskerville (respectively) among others as they try to solve the mystery of a terrorizing and murderous beast in a desolate area of England. The Hound of the Baskervilles breaks the fourth wall a lot, providing a bit of a sketch comedy feel while also maintaining a slight Masterpiece Theatre vibe. The show blends British humor with some subtle modern day references, so this is a crowd pleaser for any age.

The Hound of the Baskersville is a beloved tale and this show respectfully pokes fun at it. The idea for a stage version was developed originally by writers Steven Canny and John Nicholson. In 2015, Lantern Theater Company produced a version much like what is seen now at Theatre Horizon (after additional adjustments made recently at Delaware Theatre Company).

Director Matt Pfeiffer clearly gives this show his all. Between his direction and the cohesiveness of the actors, all of the intentional hiccups of the show appeared flawless. Bonetti, Johnson and Pacek push themselves to their limits with the many characters they portray and are ridiculously funny with every accent, disguise, costume, and piece of dialogue spoken.

What you see on stage now at Theatre Horizon is a one-of-a-kind piece of work with a dedicated cast and crew. I’d love for the creators and actors to adapt even more Sherlock Holmes stories into such absurdity! Or any classic characters!

Theatre Horizon is currently celebrating its 15th season and some big wins at this year’s Barrymore Awards. The Color Purple, from Theatre Horizon’s previous season, won six awards and the theatre itself took home the Victory Foundation’s $10,000 theater education award for their long-running drama program created for students on the autism spectrum. Theatre Horizon is a little gem in Norristown; a great space to see a show and support local arts without traveling into the city. And I might as well mention- the $10 reusable wine cup that includes a free pour of wine with purchase.


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