The Fun is Afoot in HTC’s New “Baskerville”

Pictured Above: Andrew Duncan, Matthew Conlon, Tina Jones and Ben Schnickel in HTC’s new production of “Baskerville.” | Tom Kochie photo for HTC

Ken Ludwig’s murderously funny adventure “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” will be the first play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 season, opening on October 24 at the Quogue Community Hall and running through November 10.

Ludwig, the master of comedy and a favorite playwright of the Hampton Theatre Company, wrote such hits as “Lend Me a Tenor” (1993), “Moon Over Buffalo” (2008) and last season’s “Comedy of Tenors.”

In “Baskerville,” Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyl’es Sherlock Holmes into a caper regarding the fatal curse afflicting the male heirs of the Baskerville line. 

In the search for the ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must try to sort out a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as three actors in the cast of five deftly portray some 40 characters.

Duncan Hazard and Matthew Conlon as Watson & Holmes in HTC’s new production of “Baskerville.” | Tom Kochie photo for HTC

A reviewer for Broadway World proclaimed that “the joy is not in solving the crime but in the plethora of wildly imaginative characters you meet along the way … a play that is ingeniously funny and will keep you guessing until the curtain call.” 

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than 30 countries and at least 20 languages. He has written 25 plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End.

His first Broadway play, “Lend Me A Tenor,” won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th Century” by The Washington Post

The cast of this HTC production features four of the company’s veterans: Andrew Botsford as Actor Two; Matthew Conlon as Sherlock Holmes; Tina Jones as Actress One; and Ben Schnickel as Actor One. Duncan Hazard, a newcomer to the HTC stage, has the role of Dr. Watson. Hampton Theatre Company Artistic Director Diana Marbury directs.

Set design is by Sean Marbury; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; sound by Seamus Naughton; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.

“Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from October 24 to November 10, with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. An additional matinee performance will be offered during the final weekend of the production, on Saturday, November 9, prior to the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening. A talkback with the cast will be offered following the Friday, November 1 performance. 

The Hampton Theatre Company is offering special dinner and theater packages in collaboration with the Westhampton, Southampton, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries. A special lunch and theater package is also available for the Saturday matinee on November 9, with lunch before the show at the Quogue Club at the Hallock House.

Discount tickets are available for veterans, Native Americans, under 35, students, and groups. For reservations and information on all packages and available discounts, visit  www.hamptontheatre.org or email info@hamptontheatre.org

To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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