2012 has been the year of Sherlock Holmes, from the second season of the BBC's Sherlock to the first of CBS' Elementary, the classic sleuth has been center stage in pop culture recently. So it's no surprise that he has top billing for Austin Playhouse's 2012-2013 season, as they opened up on last week with Ken Ludwig's 'The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays!)'.
Rather than being an actual Sherlockian mystery, the star sleuth in this tale is William Gillette, a Broadway actor famed for his portrayal of Detective Holmes. Set in December 1936, Gillette has retreated to his Connecticut home to celebrate the holidays in style with his cast mates. But when the guest list begins to dwindle due to murder, Gillette must wield the magnifying glass for himself to catch the killer before another victim enters the stage.
While the Playhouse continues to work on constructing a permanent home in Mueller Town Center, a former Foot Locker in Highland Mall has been retrofitted to make a spacious theater with raised seating. The temporary venue allows the Playhouse to present their new season, which kicks off with this murder mystery comedy. Playing now through January 13th, tickets are available now for $28 for Thursday/Friday performances, or $30 for Saturday/Sunday performances.