Sherlock Holmes Tale The Sign of the Four, Adapted for the Stage by City Lit Theater
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Master of fantasy Neil Gaiman's novel of a young girl who discovers a sinister new world comes to the stage in a musical adaptation by multiple Obie-winning playwright David Greenspan, with a score by indie-rock band The Magnetic Fields' singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt. In this dark fantasy, a young girl named Coraline discovers a magic door that leads to a strange new world where toys sing and dance and adults give her all the attention she craves. But there's something not right about this place. For one thing, all the grown-ups have black buttons for eyes, and it only gets weirder from there. Translating Gaiman's singular imagination into music, Merritt wrote a score for three different types of piano, including a toy piano for Coraline's songs and, to capture the off-kilter fantasy world, a "prepared" baby grand with various foreign objects attached to the piano strings. The results will transport you to a bizarre wonderland. Learn More
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I really enjoyed the "Sign of the Four." I was familiar with the actor who played Sherlock Holmes from his performance in "The Hound of the Baskervilles." For that reason I did not want to miss this show. The entire cast did a very good job. The...continued
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McCabe’s two previous adaptations of Sherlock Holmes material, Holmes and Watson and The Hound of the Baskervilles, were both Jeff-nominated in the Best Adaptation category.
“Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science,” Holmes tells Watson, “and ought to be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner.” Thank heavens Watson ignored him; the good doctor’s natural storytelling gifts make this one of the greatest Holmes tales.
Cast: Don Bender, Jerry Bloom, Linsey Falls, David Fink, Nick Goodman, Greg Kolack, Drew Longo, Brian Pastor, Ed Rutherford, Andrew Shapiro, Judy Lea Steele, and Shawna Tucker