City Paper is not for tourists
These days, it seems like everyone’s into Sherlock Holmes—even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants in (he plans to publish a novel about Holmes’ older brother Mycroft later this year). It doesn’t take a super sleuth to see that Holmes is a hot property, which explains why the pipe-smoking master detective is back in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Written by Tony-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the new play turns one of Holmes’ most famous mysteries, The Hound of the Baskervilles, on its head. Instead of a heady whodunit, this production is a fast-paced comedy. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Only the famous Sherlock Holmes, aided by more than 40 characters, can crack the case. But don’t expect a crowded stage as Holmes and Watson canvass London streets and creepy mansions: Just five actors, employing clever costumes and silly accents, fill the overabundance of roles. The play runs Jan. 16 to Feb. 22 at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. $55–$90. (202) 554-9066. arenastage.org.