WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Playhouse is concluding its 43rd season with Ken Ludwig's comedy-mystery, "The Game's Afoot (Or Holmes for the Holidays)."
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 31. For reservations, call (304) 737-3344.
The play is set on Christmas Eve 1936 at the palatial Connecticut home of actor-playwright William Gillette, who was famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
Gillette has invited some friends and fellow actors to spend the Christmas holidays with him when a murder occurs. Gillette assumes the character of Holmes, complete with Inverness cape, deerstalker hat and Meerschaum pipe, to solve the case before the murderer strikes again.
"The Game's Afoot" won the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe award for best play, and concludes the playhouse's "Award-Winning Season" of plays that have won major theater and literary awards.
Director Diana Mendel of Wellsburg says she has assembled an experienced cast that is up to the challenge of a play that combines comedy and mystery.
They include: Walt Warren of Wheeling as Gillette, Connie J. Wendel of Glen Dale as Gillette's mother, Martha; Rob DeSantis of Follansbee as actor Felix Geisel, who portrays Holmes' arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty; Emily Fournier of Weirton as Geisel's wife, Madge; Steve Fournier and Sierra Mortimer, both of Weirton, as actor Simon Bright and his much younger wife; Ashly Ceglie of Follansbee as Daria Chase, a much-hated drama critic; Ellen Nicholas of Weirton as Inspector Goring, who also is investigating the murder; and the Rev. Dan Harry of Bethany as the unseen broadcaster.
While the playhouse's summer season is coming to a close, the Brooke County Arts Council also has a group that occasionally performs dinner theater shows.
Keep up with the council's activities by visiting its website at www.brookehillsplayhouse.com or its Facebook page.