Professional Theatre For Maine

A Howling Comedy at The Public Theatre

Posted on 01/09/2013 12:00am

Start the New Year howling with laughter as The Public Theatre presents the Maine premiere of the fetching farce, The Hound of the Baskervilles, playing Jan 25 - Feb 3. This side-splitting Sherlock Holmes spoof turns the tale of an ancient family curse and a mysterious hound from hell inside out, and stuffs it with non-stop laughter.

In the style of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), a three man theatrical troupe sets out to tour the country with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's popular spine-tingling thriller The Hound of the Baskervilles. However, given the company’s low-budget, this rag-tag group must portray not only Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but a cavalcade of 13 loony and sinister characters.

Imagine Monty Python meets the Marx Brothers in this must-see madcap adventure perfect for mystery devotees and fun-loving theater goers - in fact, the “moor” the merrier.

“Theatre doesn’t come much sillier than this”, says Director Janet Mitchko, who promises that this hound will find your funnybone. “I have the best job in the world right now” she says. “Everyday I go to work and get to laugh ridiculously hard with some of the funniest, most talented comic actors I know, and my job is to ask 'how do we make it funnier?'”.

Audiences may recognize two of the actors from last year’s production of Around The World in 80 Days. “We struck gold with the comic team of Michael Frederic and Dan Matisa and have reunited them in this production”, says Mitchko. Michael will be playing Sherlock Holmes, as well as 5 other characters including a mysterious Spanish woman who becomes the love interest of Sir Henry Baskerville. The role of Sir Henry and 5 others will be played by Dan Matisa. Having played a wacky assortment of multiple roles in last year’s Around the World in 80 Days, Dan is looking forward to attempting a new cast of silly characters. Playing the role of Dr. Watson will be actor J.T. O’Connor. J.T. has appeared at The Public Theatre in The Nerd, Rough Crossing and as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. He was seen most recently on television in The Good Wife and One Life to Live.

Set designer Jennifer Madigan is creating the moors of England, with the support of lighting designer Bart Garvey, costume designer Jonna Klaiber and sound designer Neil James.

The Hound of The Baskervilles will be performed at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre, Jan 25, 26, 27, 31, Feb 1, 2, 3, with special morning student matinees on Jan 29 and 30th. Performance times are Thurs and Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. An additional Sat matinee will be held on Feb 2 at 2pm. Adults $18, Youth (18 and under) $5, Group Rate (10+) $15. Rated PG. For tickets call The Public Theatre Box Office at 782-3200 or visit