MOUNT DESERT — “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club” is now running nightly except Mondays through Sept. 6 at the Acadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville.
It’s 1914. Continental Europe hovers on the brink of all-out war. And lying in his darkened rooms at 221B Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes is despondent. The world has run out of challenges; he has vanquished all the criminals who were a match for him. Furthermore, time is taking its inevitable toll on his mind; he can feel the gears slowing, the links catching. In this state, he meets a gentleman who offers him a possible way out: The Suicide Club, a place for men who no longer wish to live to seek assistance in making their final exit. But is the game really suicide, or is it murder most foul?
Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has combined a series of Robert Louis Stevenson short stories with a Holmes mystery to create a crackling evening at the theater that coincides by chance with the opening of Hatcher’s “Mr. Holmes” at Reel Pizza Cinerama in Bar Harbor.
Hatcher’s affinity with the character of Holmes started at a young age. “I was never a Sherlock aficionado, one of those who can quote chapter and verse from the stories. I had the ‘Annotated Holmes’ as a child, but when I was in England at Harrods with my parents, I demanded a deerstalker hat! But I got away from it, and it didn’t bubble back until the producers of the movie contacted me. Then I saw the play ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Jersey Lily’ and started playing catch-up ball.”
As Holmes treads the boards in the evenings, The Rep’s Children’s Theatre Program, Cheryl Willis’ adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” plays every Wednesday and Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Call the box office at 244-7260 or visit www.acadiarep.com.