"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A STUDY IN FEAR
STUDY IN FEAR
Theatre Company at the Civic Theatre
with Sherlock Holmes is never dull." So says Ian Sharrock's
benign, bumbling, occasionally blustery old duffer Dr John Watson,
friend and confidant to the great detective, who of course is
striving to "rid the world of an evil too wicked to speak of".
Goodrum's Study in Fear, however, like Watson's wardrobe, is almost
entirely lacking in style, with a flat set, poorly lit, and the most
ineffective steam train and hansom cab I've seen on any stage.
story is based loosely on The Final Problem, so we have no Baker
Street, but a journey from Kensington via Canterbury and Strasbourg
to Reichenbach's fatal falls. Whitechapel and "Louis Stevenson"
are name-checked too, setting up the original twist in the tail.
Briggs makes a genial, convincing detective, though hardly a master
of disguise, but the dialogue, and bridging narration, lack spirit or
sparkle. David Martin played everyone else, including Colonel Moran,
drafted in from a later story, and made a good job of describing the
torrent and its tremendous abyss.
you were expecting "the most nerve-jangling experience of your
life", something like The Woman in Black, or perhaps something
like The 39 Steps, then you might find A Study In Fear tame stuff,
"an altogether different tale".