JACKSON — Main Street Theatre Works continues to celebrate its 10th summer season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre with “Sherlock’s Last Case” by Charles Marowitz.
Marowitz was artistic director of London’s Open Space Theatre when, three weeks before beginning rehearsal on a new British play they thought they had the rights for, they found themselves with a blank slot to fill. Not wanting to lose subscribers and incur heavy financial losses at the box office, Marowitz took on the task of writing a play. Originally, it was a single-actor piece, running 90 minutes long.
And, because he didin’t want to suffer the whispers of nepotism within the theatre company, he wrote the play under the pen name Mathew Lang and told the company that Lang was an old GI buddy. He also could (miraculously) get him on the phone when issues arose during the rehearsal process. It wasn’t until a Broadway producer wanted to negotiate the rights that things got sticky. But Marowitz kept his calm, and told the producer that Lang had appointed him his representative, with full power for negotiations. Several years later, Marowitz took full credit for his work, and worked with another producer in rewriting his one-hander into a full stage play.
“Sherlock’s Last Case” puts the great detective Sherlock Holmes in the center of action when he receives a death threat from the son of his late nemesis, Professor Moriarty. The plot twists and turns until Holmes finds himself imprisoned in a dank cellar and left to die. But this is classic Sherlock, so there are always surprises and in “Sherlock’s Last Case,” lots of laughs — all leading to a stunning final twist that will surely catch you by complete and breath-stopping surprise.
Winner of the Louis B. Mayer Award, “Sherlock’s Last Case” runs through Sept. 7. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for picnics, show starts at 8. Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12 for students and children 12 and younger and a family pack (two adults and two students) is $49. Purchase them at the gate or online at mstw.org.
Patrons are encouraged to come early with their picnics, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located on North Main Street in Jackson, next to the Country Squire Motel.
Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally oriented theatre company, performing in the heart of Amador County. Now in its 19th season, and the 10th at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, MSTW continues to be dedicated to bringing professional and community theatre artists together to produce classical and contemporary plays, striving for a balance that stimulates both artists and audiences.