By John Nassivera
Directed by André Dimitrijevic
November 23-December 1, 2018
Tuesday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
This play about the famous detective has Holmes venturing into the occult where, during a seance, he is warned that he is about to meet his maker. The play has Holmes, Watson and Prof. Moriarty meet their maker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wishes to end their existence literally with the final stroke of his pen. Holmes cannot accept the fact that he is the product of another’s imagination, a mere pawn of another man’s genius. Who is the creator and who the pawn becomes the central question as Holmes and the others threaten their creator with the death to which he has sentenced them.
Phoenix Players presents two shows every year, but this time they are issuing a challenge to the people of Ottawa. The Bums in Seats, Food in Bellies (BISFIB) Challenge encourages Ottawans to purchase 1,500 tickets over the run of ten performances at The Gladstone Theatre. If this goal is met, cast member Dr. John Kershman will make a $5,000 donation to the Food Bank. For every 100 tickets above that, Dr. Kershman will donate another $250 and the play’s director, André Dimitrijevic, will donate another $750.
Anyone who is unable to see the show, or would like to further support the BISFIB Challenge, can donate tickets to the show itself by making their purchase and emailing confirmation to the Food Bank at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is also encouraged to donate directly to the Ottawa Food Bank’s website, to support their ongoing needs. After the recent tornados, the Food Bank’s stocks have been depleted and they need help from the community, which is where Phoenix is stepping in. The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes runs from November 23 to December 1, and every bum in a seat means much needed food in the belly of a neighbour. Three of the ten shows are matinées.
Intended for adults but also suitable for teens (“PG13”).
Total run time for this show: 2 hours 20 minutes (this includes intermission)
Adult: $20 + $3 facility fee = $23
Senior (65+)/Student/Artist*/Unwaged: $19 + $1 facility fee = $20
*including Theatre Ontario members