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  Mysterious Circumstances at Geffen Playhouse

Mysterious Circumstances

Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles

When the world’s foremost Sherlock Holmes scholar dies mysteriously, it’s a case seemingly only the Great Detective himself could solve. The kicker? It really happened. Based on a New Yorker article by the author of The Lost City of Z and Killers of the Flower Moon and written by Michael Mitnick (Drama Desk nominee for Fly by Night), Mysterious Circumstances delves into the multiple suspects and competing motives surrounding the death. Explore the fine line between love and obsession, fact and fiction in this world premiere cloaked in mystery and magic at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Thru - Jul 14, 2019

Price: $50-$90

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-208-5454

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  Mysterious Circumstances Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Conan Doyle and Green are both depicted as lonely, for different reasons; the play suggests that they used the logical, emotionally unavailable Holmes as a shield against heartbreak. Unfortunately, onstage their thwarted human love affairs come across as so insipid and thin, at least compared to the pyrotechnics of their Holmesian adventures, that their obsessions don't seem that tragic."
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Margaret Gray

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...My quibble is that while Mitnick offers suggestions as to Green's older, later life, he gives very little as to Green's background, which makes Green's eventual collision with his own obsession (no spoilers here) emotionless. Without that heart, at times the second act can be exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. Still, this is a fun house of a show that, for a world premiere, impressed me very much."
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Tony Frankel

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Truth is indeed stranger than fiction in Michael Mitnick's time-traveling, mind-tripping look at the Mysterious Circumstances surrounding the still unsolved death of the world's foremost Sherlock Holmes scholar."
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Steven Stanley

Total Theater - Recommended

"...I came away feeling that the actors also deserved the highest praise possible. Led by Tudyk as Holmes/Green, Ramiz Monsef as Watson (and others), and Austin Durant as Doyle (and others), the seven-person cast gave performances that can only be called perfect."
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Willard Manus

Santa Monica Daily Press - Highly Recommended

"...The most spectacular elements in this play, however, are the set design of Brett J. Banakis, the lighting design of Elizabeth Barker, the projection design of Kaitlyn Pietras and Jason H. Thompson, and the illusion designs of Francis Menotti and David Kwong. The images and lights that flash across the stage, the panels that slide open and closed to reveal, among other things, scenes of outside environments, including a stunning rainstorm, and the cacophony of sounds that overwhelm the auditorium are, all by themselves, well worth the price of admission."
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Cynthia Citron

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