A Taste of London in Florida

If Kristine and Victoria could not spend an afternoon with Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, with whom would they choose to meet up???

How about Sherlock Holmes???  Well, almost.  Recently we attended a performance of The Game’s Afoot at the Gulf Shore Playhouse in Naples, FL.  We laughed ourselves silly.  It’s about an actor who is known for playing the character of Sherlock Holmes on the stage.



Jeffrey Binder played the leading role, supported by an excellent cast well suited to the perfectly farcical nature of the play written  by Ken Ludwig,  winner of the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Play of 2012. 

Jeffrey Binder
Set in 1936, action takes place in the opulent Connecticut castle of actor William Gillette (portrayed by Binder), who is renowned for his Broadway success as Sherlock Holmes.  On Christmas Eve, Gillette has invited the cast members of his recently concluded run to his lavish castle. Hostess for the event is Binder’s scatter-brained mother, played endearingly by Barbara Kinglsey.
Barbara Kingsley

The house party of two couples, all of whom were in the Holmes play on Broadway, is joined by spiteful theatre critic Daria Chase (Claire Brownell).

 Quoting the play’s synopsis “… when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.”

Ken Ludwig, the playwright, has many awards for his many plays, including Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, and Crazy for You.  His book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, came out in 2013 from Random House.  A full Bio is here.

Before the show, we had a lovely time at L’Angolo, complete with our favorite Italian bubbly.  Though one hubby had to work (sigh!), the other came along and loved the show!

Fifth Avenue S. is THE place to eat in Naples
Kristine, Victoria, and Ed pre-theatre

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