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Sandy Actors Theatre presents mystery 'The Game's Afoot'

Sandy Actors Theatre’s season of “Love, Lyrics, and a Little Lunacy” continues Nov. 8 to Dec. 1 with Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot,” a whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium.

Ken Ludwig also penned last season’s popular “Leading Ladies” as well SAT favorites “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Lend Me a Tenor.”

Winner of Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Play of 2012, “The Game’s Afoot” is the story of 1930s actor William Gillette, world famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, who invites colorful characters to his bizarre castle for the weekend. The festivities turn deadly when one of his guests ends up stabbed. Gillette must assume his Holmes persona, sidestep danger, navigate his own secret passages and unmask the culprit’s murderous romp.

Cheryl Rudarmel-Beam directs Brick Andrews as the eccentric Gillette and Berta Limbaugh as his dotty mother. Jim Lamproe, Cheryl Nelson, Chris Botcheos and Bethany Kraft play the rest of Gillette’s theater troupe (and murder suspects). Emma Ruhlig plays a biting theater critic, and Pat Lach is the indefinable Inspector Goring.

The real-life William Gillette was a star of the American stage during the early part of the 20th century. Gillette wrote the play “Sherlock Holmes” in collaboration with Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and he starred in it with enormous success in New York and London for more than 30 years.

With his royalties from this and other plays, Gillette built a replica of a medieval castle on the Connecticut River, and there, he frequently entertained the casts of his latest New York hit. This elaborate house was filled with gadgets representing the latest technology, which he reportedly reveled in. The house is open to the public to this day.

“The Game’s Afoot” is recommended for ages 13 and older. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost for $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors 60 and older, and $10 for children younger than 12.

Reservations are recommended; call 503-668-6834. Reserve wheelchair space and hearing assistance devices when you make your reservations.

For more information, visit sandyactorstheatre.org or call 503-668-6834.