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Posted: 10/02/13

Ron Williams as William Gillette and Julia Glander as the Inspector in "The Game's Afoot" at Meadow Brook Theatre.

(Photo courtesy of Rick Smith)

MBT kicks off season
with 'The Game's Afoot'

      "The Game's Afoot" takes audiences to a mystery mansion with Sherlock Holmes. Well, not Holmes, himself. Rather, William Gillette, a 1930s actor best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes.
       After bringing his castmates to his Connecticut estate for a holiday celebration, the merriment ends abruptly when a guest is stabbed to death. Gillette, determined to save his guests, hilariously decides to channel his most beloved role, Sherlock Holmes, to solve the deadly puzzle.
       "The Game's Afoot" - also called "Holmes for the Holidays" - is by Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig. Ludwig's plays have been performed in more than 30 countries and include titles audiences may find familiar like "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo."
       "Ken Ludwig writes such entertaining plays," said Travis W. Walter, MBT artistic director. "MBT audiences have loved them in the past. I know they'll be surprised at the twists and humor `The Game's Afoot' offers. I'm sure they'll love it as much as we do."
       The cast of "The Game's Afoot" is led by Ron Williams (from last season's "White's Lies") as Gillette, Ruth Crawford ("70, Girls, 70" and "Mary Stuart") as Martha Gillette, and Julia Glander ("Mary Stuart" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow") as Inspector Goring. The rest of the cast includes Andrew Huff (as Felix Geisel), MaryJo Cuppone (Madge Geisel), Jordan Whalen (Simon Bright), Cheryl Turski (Daria Chase) and Vanessa Sawson (Agatha Wheeler).
       Meadow Brook Theatre Artistic Director, Travis W. Walter, directs "The Game's Afoot" with fight choreography by Jordan Whalen. Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager with scenic design by Kristen Gribbin, costumes by Liz Goodall, lighting by Reid G. Johnson and sound by Mike Duncan.
       Tickets range from $25 to $40 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at (248) 377-3300 or going online at Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call (248) 370-3316 for group pricing.
       Meadow Brook Theatre is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. For additional information, visit Meadow Brook Theatre is a nonprofit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for more than 45 years.

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