The Milwaukee Chamber Theater Presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily
By Livia Peterson
The name Sherlock Holmes evokes mystery and suspense. In the Milwaukee Chamber Theater's 2018-2019 Season opener, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, provides plenty mystery and little to no suspense and action.
In London during the early 1890s, Lillie Langtry (Kay Allmand) exchanges letters with the Prince of Wales and someone stole the aforementioned letters. Ms. Langtry assigns Sherlock Holmes (Brian J. Gill) to solve the mystery. The Milwaukee theater favorites Karen Estrada, Ryan Schabach, Rick Pendzich, Jesse Bhamrah, and Matt Daniels round up the cast.
Ms. Allmand and the Company uniformly provide brilliant performances as expected. Just a rapid paced and less predictable story would live up to the talent on the stage.
The slow first act is initially enticing and tedious as it progresses. The second act picks up the pace, but not by much. Yet, Kim Instenes' costumes and Brandon Kirkham's scenic design flawlessly fit the period of the play. Eric Appleton's lighting is mostly gloomy and thus, may allow a snooze here and there.
Theater is supposed to pull you in the story presented on the stage and yet, Sherlock Holmes accomplished the opposite. With that said, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily may have worked better in the motion picture art form. Mystery is subjective. C
Sherlock Holmes and the Jersey Lily continues through Sunday, August 26, 2018.
Milwaukee Chamber Theater
Broadway Theatre Center's Cabot Theater
158 North Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202
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