ACTING OUT  Theatre Review

Synergy Theater, the folks who brought you “Spontaneous Noir!” and “Spontaneous Shakespeare!”, returns to the Lesher Center for the Arts with their most daring venture yet, “The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”. This is a completely improvised two-act play performed in the style of the original mystery stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
“The fun for me is watching the cast as they improvise all of these random plot points in act one, and then having to somehow tie them all together when I solve the case in act two,” says veteran company member Ben Piper, who will play Sherlock Holmes for two performances. “ I can tell you that it leads to some pretty outrageous explanations.”
Kenn Adams plays the role of Watson and explains how it works: “I call out, ‘The Adventure of ____!’ The audience fills in the blank. And that’s how we choose the title for that night’s mystery. The rest, we just make up as we go along.”
“Sherlock Holmes is reinvented all the time, says company member Lynn Shields. “But we went back to the original stories to rediscover the character as Conan Doyle first envisioned him. The stories have all of the action and suspense that you’d expect, but there’s also a wonderfully dry sense of humor at play which is a lot of fun to emulate on stage.”
Kenn Adams, Artistic Director, has over 28 years of experience as a professional improviser and is the author of the book “How to Improvise a Full-Length Play: The Art of Spontaneous Theater.”
Performances are Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 8:15 pm and Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:15 pm. at Lesher Center for the Arts, George and Sonja Vukasin Theatre, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.