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  1. George

    Great team effort to make a show enjoyable. However tonight it was pretty pedestrian and very flat one with wage flitting amid classical icons. Barely seen internal energy and passion, actors were obviously very tired ,many times palpable loss of logistics , confused staging and violation of genre. Countless stocks of words, voice and tone which has turned into over-promised but under-delivered play

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  2. Kathie

    I think the interweaving plots and dialogue were fascinating and enjoyed a glimpse of the Queen’s Jubilee. Many very funny moments as well as good action enhanced by media. As you continue to polish this play, I have a few suggestions: The volume of the background music/sound effects needs to consistently stay below the volume of actors’ voices (I lost lines too many times because they got swallowed up). Sometimes Holmes was speaking so quickly that, while I could catch the words, I couldn’t process the content. It sounded frantic rather than urgent. It sounded like the actors are still working to establish a good vocal pacing; more practice is needed. Kudos to Mrs. Hudson; she’s a gem!

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  3. Robin

    The talk before hand was so interesting. Thank you or that! The play tonight was very entertaining. The story progressed with surprise and humor. I loved the costumes. A lot of of fun to see the women’s bustle dresses. I’d like to see some video on the blog of behind the scenes preparation of costuming; scenery contruction; and the changes that are called for in the immediate weeks before the play begins for the general public.

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  4. Eugene Normand

    A very enjoyable play. I would give it a A+ for production, an A for the performances and a B for the play’s plot. I thought that the plot was overly complicated, too involved with too many subplots, so that it was difficult to keep all of plot threads straight.

    The Conan Doyle stories that were made into movies had the advantage that they started out as novels or short stories, i.e., in written format, so that afterwards, questions about the plot could be clarified by reading the text. When the plot of this play is finalized, R. Hamilton should have it published so that it can be read and reach a wider audience.

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  5. Stephen

    Sorry to say, but this was by far the weakest production of an otherwise fantastic season at the Rep. The man seated next to me at Friday night’s performance fell asleep midway through the first act, and my wife and I left at intermission. This was a very disappointing play, but we know the Rep does much better. We look forward to next season.

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  6. Jane meston

    I thought the play “Sherlock Holmes” was terrific. So much energy, and so much fun.
    Incredible sets and up-scale production. The cast was amazing, with Sherlock having so much dialogue I was awed by his delivery. Thank you, Seattle Rep, for a very fun evening.

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  7. Louie Richmond

    The play was a waste of time and money. It was amateurish and not even good enough for a grade school performance. It was unfair to the memory of Arthur Conan Doyle.

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  8. Joe

    Script would have benefited from editing and a different lead actor. Holmes had one emotive state (highly reactive ) and shouted all lines, making it difficult to understand about 1/4 of his delivery. The rest of the cast was great, but overall an EXTREMELY disappointing end to a great season at the Rep.

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  9. Lynn

    I don’t have constructive criticism, but really could not get into this play. And I’m a mystery fan! It just seemed rather flat.

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  10. Linda

    I agree with Joe. Holmes had one way to deliver his lines: shouting andvWatson was almost as bad. I found it silly and boring. I am tired of “over the top” as a way to mount a play.

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  11. Michael

    A very weak end to an otherwise outstanding season. I agree with Joe, Lynn, and Linda. My husband felt the main problem was the script, but I thought the problems permeated all aspects of the production: the leads were weak and monochromatic, the music was WAY too loud, the scene changes/motion pictures went on too long, the slo-mo train fight was just dumb, and scene changes during dialog were distracting. Volume does not equal energy. The bright light in the production was Mrs. Hudson–she nailed it by not overplaying it. She seemed like an authentic Victorian housekeeper who accidentally wandered into an overwrought play.

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  12. Patricia

    This season has been fantastic to this point. I just could not get into this play. I thought that the plot was to involved. There were to many sub plots which made it difficult to keep all the plot threads straight. Holmes delivery was way to loud. Shouted most of the time. The script could of used some editing. On a positive note, the staging was excellent.

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  13. Esther

    I enjoyed the production, but would like an opportunity to see it again so I can understand better what’s going on!
    Thought that Holmes & Watson were better in this production than the earlier one.

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  14. Jill

    Impeccably well done – bravo to the writer, director, cast and crew! Outstanding original story, engaging production, innovative and exquisitely performed. Actors were inspiring, energetic and talented, well connected to their roles and each other, synergistic in their performance. Really appreciated the post-production dialogue with the actors – thank you for taking the time. It was a great place to be on Mother’s Day! Hope there will be a sequel!

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  15. Elizabeth

    Four of us left at intermission which we have never done at Seattle Rep before. The only thing that was enjoyable about this production was some of the staging. Even the cocktail of the evening was not good!

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  16. Forest Stuart Gordon

    We did not enjoy this play; left at intermission. On the positive side – the staging and set decoration was done very well and costumes were good. Negative – pace was very frantic, plot was complex but not engaging, acting was mixed. Dr. Watson was good; Sherlock was not. Half way through we understood what was going on but were not at all interesting in learning how it would all turn out.

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  17. Arya

    Sherlock Holmes is never easy to portray. ACD has such a huge impacting legacy, that an original non-cannon Holmes story can be extremely tricky to pull off. Having said that this play was plain disappointing. n a dialogue was mundane and trite, and the plot and was mediocre at best (I found myself laughing when Watson describes it as a singularly complex problem). It was sad to see one of the most interesting characters in fiction be reduced to a shouting caricature, who does little other than wait around to be reduced. I’ve seen many great shows come out of Seattle theater scene, unfortunately this wasn’t one of them.

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  18. Dana

    I was really looking forward to seeing this play. My husband and I bought the $75 seats, which were the best in the house. We used the restroom before the play and when we went in to be seated, another couple were sitting in our seats!!!!!! We went and got the Usher and he was trying to help us resolve the issue, but then the lights went out. He said that we would have to wait, and then sat us in the cheap seats at the back!!!! I was so upset during the first half of the play that I barely can remember anything. Also, it was very difficult to see & hear the actors from the back rows. However, my experience was much better after the intermission. As soon as the couple got up, we bee-lined down to our seats. They seemed surprised when they came back. The Usher quickly came to our rescue and escorted them to their cheaper seats. Overall, I thought the acting and production was great, but the seat fiasco was very disappointing.

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  19. Don Hall

    Great staging. That’s the only really good thing we can say. Acting was inconsistent. Didn’t get sucked into the plot as one would like with a good play. I think we go to see plays in Ashland at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival too often and this production wouldn’t have been tolerated there.

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