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Sherlock Holmes: The Melodrama
Dallas’ Pocket Sandwich Theatre is an institution that manages to fly under the radar, year after year, yet staging some of the area’s best performances. The late Joe Dickinson (1932 -2010) and Rodney Dobbs worked together in the Dallas Repertory Theatre and decided to start a theatre of their own. The space they found was in a pocket sandwich shop on Lower Greenville Avenue. This was their location from 1980 until 1990 just shy of their tenth anniversary, when they moved to the spot where they are today on Mockingbird Lane.
From the earliest day, Pocket Sandwich Theatre has staged melodramas. Currently, they are staging another of their infamous audience-participation, popcorn-tossing, comedy spoof melodramas. Sherlock Holmes: The Melodrama, written by Joe and Brad Dickinson, uses various characters and situations from the Canon. With these elements blended together and including a wink-wink, nudge-nudge, this comedy/spoof is grand fun. The play is running weekends through May 15.
When we finally meet Sherlock Holmes, played excellently by Matt Doden, he is verbally sparring with Dr. Watson (Christopher Briseno) who is peppering Holmes with extremely bad puns around the phrase ‘Elementary, Watson’. In this highly odd turn of events Lestrade (Daniel White) seeks an alliance between Holmes and Professor Moriarty (Michael Roe) to work together in recovering a stolen treaty. Take Irene Adler, the King of Bohemia, the Prime Minister, and throw in Mary Watson for good measure, then mix them all together before throwing them out on a stage and this is what you end up with –Sherlock Holmes: The Melodrama.
This is great fun for the entire family. It was apparent as the theatre was completely sold-out. The number of young people many be a good sign for the future of the Sherlockian world. All we need to do is spark the interest in just a few young people and our Game will be fine for another generation.
The cast of Sherlock Holmes: The Melodrama with popcorn littering the stage.
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