‘Baskerville’ alights at Long Wharf in New Haven

February 17, 2018 GMT

Ivoryton Playhouse produced a Ken Ludwig mystery/comedy in “The Game’s Afoot” in October; now Long Wharf Theatre has another Ludwig whodunit in “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,” beginning next week and running through the start of spring in late March on the mainstage.

The plot? A killer is on the loose in Devonshire, dispatching the male heirs of the Baskerville line. Sherlock Holmes takes up the scent, braving the remote moors with Dr. Watson to find the killer before he/she or it strikes again. The play transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic “The Hound of the Baskervilles” into a murderously funny adventure — with five actors portraying more than 40 characters.


Long Wharf has said the play is selling well, owing no doubt to the branded mix of mystery, mirth (silly accents, disguises) and the known commodity that is Sherlock Holmes. Brendon Fox, who has done “Baskerville” twice before in Ohio, directs.

Long Wharf publicity notes the show is suitable for ages 10 and up, and no one under 7 will be admitted. So if you’re 8 or 9, you should dress older.

Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven. Feb. 28 through March 25, various times. $71.50-$35.50. 203-787-4282.