REVIEW: Underground Takes Hysterical Twist on Sherlock Holmes

While staying generally true to the plot of Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” the Underground Theater’s zany production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery takes a decidedly Monty Pythonesque turn in playwright Ken Ludwig’s uproarious spoof. The sold-out opening night crowd got on board this roller coaster ride of a comedy and held on for dear life until the final bows.
Playing Sherlock Holmes, the immortal, intuitive sleuth, Jonathan Manchester has a wry delivery and a powerful physicality, making him absolutely believable in his iconic caped coat and deerstalker hat. The ever-reliable Mike Pederson plays Dr. Watson, Holmes’ steadfast friend, with conviction and impeccable diction. He provides the critical narration that keeps the audience anchored in the complex story and its plethora of characters.
So, if we do the math, that leaves Bryan Burns, Amber Burns, and David Krick to play all the rest of the 33 improbable characters, including a frenzied butterfly collector, cockney “gofers,” a couple nurses, a doctor and a farmer, with Shakespeare’s Falstaff thrown in for good measure.






The remainder of the run of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is sold out, but you can try and rush each performance!

  • WHAT: Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
  • WHEN:  October 11, 12 & 13
  • TIMES: All performances at 7:30pm
  • WHERE: The Underground Theatre (506 W. Michigan St., Duluth MN 55802 — the lower level of the Depot)
  • TICKETS: Standard – $20
  • TO RUSH:  Arrive one-hour prior to the performance time (6:30pm) and get your name on the Rush List. Should there be no shows or ticket cancellations at the last minute, we can sell those seats right at show time. There is no guarantee of seat availability or seat placement should seats become available. Tickets will be sold at a first come, first served basis should tickets become available. Must be present to claim available tickets.