“Rare moths, wives pretending to be sisters,” deadly moors, escaped killers, and a legendary hellhound: the plot points of Arthur Conan Doyle’s THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES are ripe for farcical reimagining. And though overlong (130 minutes, with intermission) and dramatically confused, the adaptation of this famed Sherlock Holmes tale by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, now at Curio Theatre, is delightfully silly.
“He said his name was Sherlock Holmes and asked me to take him to Waterloo Station.”
“Where’s he going?”
The conceit is that this is a low-budget production of a horror tale, so meta interruptions (“you’re not Sherlock Holmes.” “I am.” “That’s just a costume.”) bracket an evening of frenetic multitasking by a talented three-man cast: Steve Carpenter (as Holmes, among nine characters), CJ Keller (Watson and others), and Harry Slack (Sir Henry Baskerville, etc.). The comedy remains curiously similar whether the fourth wall is in place or not, and the criticisms of a mock tweeter at intermission—that the first half dragged—were too accurate. But the silliness reigns over a faster-paced second act. May 8 to June 1, 2013. curiotheatre.org.