EMAV Review: Vegas Theatre Co. serves up a delicious mystery with 'Holmes & Watson' ★★★★

★★★★☆ - Delicious

What is it about mysteries that we love so much? The satisfaction of cracking the case? The fun? The challenge? Or the sense of accomplishment when you reach the end? Well, you’ll need all your wits about ya’ to even come close to solving this one (in 85 minutes). The game is afoot, at Vegas Theatre Company.

Sherlock Holmes has not been seen for more than three years and is presumed dead following his confrontation with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls. Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes and charlatans who have popped up claiming to be Holmes. Suddenly…a newspaper clipping arrives… and, we’re off!

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s ingenious new thriller, Holmes & Watson, received its World Premiere at Arizona Theatre Company in 2017, and gets its Vegas premiere featuring strong and very capable ensemble members.

Marcus Weiss is both a classic and formidable Watson, accepted and trusted in the role from the outset as the person closest to Holmes – and his friend -- Watson is engaged to discover which of the three Sherlock Holmes(es) is the real one. Daz Weller plays Dr. Evans -- the man who has taken it upon himself to solve the case of The Three Sherlock Holmes and has requested the aid of Watson.

Geo Nikols is Patient 1, the first of the three Holmes to be interviewed. He presents the demeanor we expect of Holmes, but is brusque and rather forward with Watson -- and extremely volatile. Christopher Brown is a scruffy, wild-looking Patient 2, who is restless and exhibits the skeptical nature of Sherlock (and wears a straitjacket). Jonas Woolverton is Patient 3, whose head is shaved, does not speak, nor does he appear to hear. His gaze is always forward as he seems to be in a catatonic state.

Maythinee Washington is the prim, chilly Matron. Bryan Todd is The Orderly, one of Dr. Evans’s assistants.