Review: Hound of the Baskervilles at Indiana Repertory Theatre

Matthew Brumlow (left) and Marcus Truschinski in The Hound of the Baskervilles at Indiana Repertory Theatre. Zach Rosing.

“Anything can happen on the moor” — and does — in Indiana Repertory Theatre’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. R. Hamilton Wright and David Pichette’s 2013 adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 detective story about a family curse is respectful of the original but full of surprises.

I won’t spoil them. I will say, however, that the new man playing Sherlock Holmes (Marcus Truschinski) is a treat. Each of the actors under Peter Amster’s direction brings to life his or her character — in some cases multiple characters — with wit and/or compassion.

I took off half a star because I couldn’t always see what the actors were doing, usually because a set piece was in the way. I had asked for a seat at the end of a row so that I would neither smush nor block anyone else, and I appreciate the IRT’s honoring my request, but if I had paid for my seat, it still would have been full price and I would have felt disappointed.

And subtract another half-star because the piece as a whole couldn’t decide whether it was seriously suspenseful with bits of humor or just unapologetically goofy. It's less focused than Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure, written by Steven Dietz and also directed by Peter Amster for the IRT back in 2008.

But will anyone besides me will care about that? You get to solve a mystery along with one of the most endearing detective duos in history. (Did I mention that Matthew Brumlow nails the role of Dr. John Watson?) You get to experience the fog and quicksand of the Grimpen Mire. And the costumes, the music and more are gorgeous. 

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