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Murphys Creek Theatre Offers Up ‘Holmes’ Comedy Thriller

Whodunit at Murphys Creek Theatre? You’ll have to come see to find out.

Murder? ... maybe. Mayhem? … a distinct possibility. Hilarity? Definitely!

Take a suspense thriller worthy of Sherlock Holmes, wrap it in a stylish screwball comedy, set it at Christmastime and you get the holiday whodunit The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays! The Game’s Afoot opens Friday, Nov. 22 and plays through Sunday, Dec. 15 at Murphys Creek Theatre, closing out the 2019 season.

Murphys Creek Theatre is at 580 S Algiers St., Murphys, just steps away from the heart of bustling downtown Murphys. Shows will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be two special Thursday night showings on Dec. 5 and 12 at 7 p.m.

Tickets available at or call the Box Office at 209-728-8422 to purchase tickets. General Admission is $24 with a senior rate of $22, group rate of $18 and student rate of $12.

William Gillette, a Broadway superstar, famous all over the world for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited fellow cast members to his opulent home for a holiday dinner party. However, when one of the guests winds up dead, Gillette finds himself at the center of a mystery that might have stumped Holmes himself. Now, he must summon every ounce of Sherlock to solve the mystery. William Gillette was a real-life star of the American stage during the early part of the 20th century. He became immensely wealthy by writing and performing in a play about Sherlock Holmes.

Writer Ken Ludwig sets up a snappy, clever drawing-room mystery and it’s coming to the MCT stage under the skillful direction of Maryann Curmi. This award winning play will transport audiences into Gillette’s mansion back in 1936 for a Christmas party that quickly turns deadly – and delightfully funny.

“What I love best about this play is the witty, fast paced dialogue sprinkled with suspense,” Director Curmi said. “Even when you think you have figured out who might have done it, you’ll start to question yourself when the plot takes an unexpected twist. A whopper of a murder mystery-comedy-thriller, with just the right amount of slapstick, loads of thunder and a good dose of blood curdling screams.”

The cast is led by Don Bilotti who brings his formidable skills and experience to play the title role of William Gillette. Bilotti is well known as an actor, director and long-time artistic director of Stage 3 Theatre. The cast also includes Sharon Perras as Martha Gillette. Charlie Cites joins the cast as Aggie Wheeler, Sean M. Lewis plays Simon Bright. Kirk Summers is Felix Geisel and Kebra Stapp makes her stage debut as the smart mouthed Madge Geisel. Veteran actress Sally McClellan will play Inspector Goring and director Curmi will also step on stage playing the role of Daria Chase.

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