Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Actor Slips into Holmes Role Again, This Time for 'Sherlock's Last Case'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Actor Slips into Holmes Role Again, This Time for 'Sherlock's Last Case'

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Simon Bradbury stirs cream into his tea and searches for words to describe "Sherlock's Last Case." One slip of the tongue could give away the big twist in Charles Marowitz's black comedy, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective and sidekick.

Dr. John Watson may often seem inept when in the presence of the almighty Sherlock Holmes, but he would never ruin a good story.

It suddenly strikes Mr. Bradbury - who will portray Watson for the Kinetic Theatre production of "Sherlock's Last Case" - that an apt word is "anarchy." Mr. Marowitz has taken the symbiotic Holmes- Watson relationship we know and gone a bit off the rails, creating a fine mess for actors and audiences to explore.

"The challenge is looking for the psychological truth but balancing this extremely erudite, epigrammatic, funny, beautifully written play," said Mr. Bradbury. "In a way, you think, he's sending this convention up; he's turning it on its side. There's a spirit of anarchy in this playwright."

Mr. Bradbury, a Post-Gazette Performer of the Year in 2010, is a native of England who, after spending most of his career in Canada, has recently moved back to be near his aging parents. It's a bit more of a schlep to get to Pittsburgh these days.

"But I think I'll always come back to do plays with Andrew Paul," he said.

For director Paul and David Whalen as Holmes, this is the third time around in those roles after "The Mask of Moriarty" and "The Crucifer of Blood," two of Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre's best-selling shows.

Seeing that the renamed PICT Classic Theatre did not have a Sherlock Holmes play scheduled for the 2015-16 season, Mr. Paul, the founder and former leader of the company, is returning to the scene of the PICT crime stories, the Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland.

"It's something that was so successful for PICT, and it wasn't on their docket. Andrew brought it to my attention, and at first I wasn't able to do it and then .. He's very persistent," said Mr. Whalen, who will be working with his third Watson, after Martin Giles and Justin R.G. Holcomb. …

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