April 11th - May 26th
Holmes and Watson return to the Cabaret for an adventure that takes the audience from a prison in India to 221B Baker Street and on to the Thames for a thrilling onstage boat chase! What is the mysterious ‘Sign of the Four’ that’s been left at the scene of multiple murders? And will longtime bachelor Dr. Watson find an unlikely love in their new client, Miss Morstan? Find out in this thrilling small cast version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.
Were it a movie, Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four would be rated PG.
Exceptional talent in this whirlwind project
The fast-paced, comedic mystery opened last week and was a triumph of dramatic deduction. Perhaps the best scenes of the evening are when all is in motion. In one transportive scene, the cast sits on a box now a carriage, bumping and creaking and weaving along the cobblestone streets of London. In another, Holmes and Watson’s coats are whipped by the wind, ships battle for supremacy on the Thames and epic gun battles leave Holmes and Watson near death — U. Jonathan Toppo’s fight choreography shines.
All of these elements come together to create both a fiendish mystery and a wonderfully human tale, with Robinson’s script and these skilled actors creating fully fleshed-out characters, showing their humor, their faults, and their willingness to fight for each other. The Sign of the Four may be over 120 years old, but this adaptation imbues the classic with life, and shows the brilliance and lasting importance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work. ...the game’s afoot and there isn’t a single moment you’ll want to miss in this production.
The choreography, several incredibly dynamically staged fight scenes along with the sound design, mood-setting lighting, array of props and rapid-fire set changes help to create “Sherlock Holmes and The Sign of the Four,” a play that moves quickly and is continually engaging. It must have taken a Holmes-like sense of piecing together disparate elements for Robinson to transfer his visions what emerges as a fun-freckled Holmesian tale.
Fellow Sherlock Holmes fans will be happy to know that OCT has done it again with Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four.
5 players creating such an imaginative take on Sherlock Holmes - truly a wonderful experience. And good food as well. We expect to return to the Cabaret every time we visit.
Great and professionally performed shows, very good food, it's the perfect place for a date or just a night out.
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"GREAT show! I'd see it again!"
Great show and service
Fabulous performance. Great venue. Really nice employees. Tasty desserts.
Matt was most recently featured as Sherlock Holmes in the 2017 production of OCT’s Baskerville. Other regional performance credits include Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, PCPA, Ensemble Theatre Company, Garry Marshall Theatre, Los Angeles Philharmonic, McCoy/Rigby Entertainment, Florida Studio Theatre, New Swan Shakespeare Festival, Summer Repertory Theatre, etc. “Thanks always to my PCPA family; Ashley and Mark at KMR; and to Rick and Val for the opportunity.” MFA: UC Irvine
Galen's previous OCT credits include John Watson, Baskerville; Brad Majors, Rocky Horror; Bobby Martin, Double Trouble; Harold, S'Wonderful; Chip, Ali Baba; PCPA: Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher, Peter and the Starcatcher; Paco (u/s Don Quixote), Man of La Mancha; Quartet/Ensemble (u/s Pickering), My Fair Lady; Ensemble, Christmas is Here Again; The Marriott Theatre: Nathan Anderson, Shenandoah; The Shedd Institute: Tom Trainor, No No Nanette; Dick Trevor, Lady Be Good; Marcellus Washburn, The Music Man; Central Coast Shakespeare: Mercutio, Romeo & Juliet; Metropolis Theatre: Leonard Aster, Peter and the Starcatcher; Sierra Repertory Theatre: Superintendent, The Drowsy Chaperone
Galloway was last seen on the OCT stage as Sagot in Picasso At The Lapin Agile and Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet, The Emcee in Cabaret, Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. Galloway also directed OCT’s 2018 production of Avenue Q. Other regional directing credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats (Lees-McRae Summer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Andrews Brothers, and A Christmas Carol (Prather Entertainment), Grease, Ring of Fire, and South Pacific (Jenny Wiley Theatre). Instagram @thegallo_way.
Stephen is no stranger to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. He was most recently featured in the 2018 production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told and as Albert Einstein in Picasso At The Lapin Agile. Other OCT roles include Actor 1 in Baskerville, Sheriff Reynolds (Bat Boy The Musical), Marley (A Christmas Carol), and as Clown 2 (The 39 Steps). Other performance credits include Leading Ladies – Leo Clark/Maxine, Miss Julie – Jean, Day in the Death of Joe Egg – Bri, True West – Austin/Lee, Hamlet – Hamlet, MUSICALS – West Side Story – Tony, Blood Brothers – Eddie, The Last Five Years - Jamie. Stephen is also featured on television for commercials (Merci Chocolate, Fred Meyer, Lithia Auto). “I would like to thank my family and my friends for their support.”
Aryana is originally from New Jersey but comes to OCT for the first time by way of NYC. Other performance credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Othello (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); Bee (LES Shakespeare Co., NYC); Seminar (Middlebury Actors Workshop, VT). She has been honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC for makeup and hair designs and concepts in Sweeney Todd (Montclair State University). Aryana is a professional photographer & makeup artist.
Director: Rick Robinson
Assistant Director: Madeline Moeller
Fight Choreographer: U. Jonathan Toppo
Stage Manager: Lynn Dutra
Assistant Stage Manager: Julie Bangs
Set Design: DeAnne Kennedy
Costume Design: Lauren Blair
Assistant Costume Design: Makayla Royer
Lighting Design: Chris Wood^
Assistant Lighting Design: Lindee Newman
Prop Design: Drew Bangs
Sound Design: Elisabeth Weidner
Dialect Coach: Matt Koenig
Projection Design: Michael Stanfill^
Technical Director: Christopher Burkhardt
Assistant Technical Director: Nico Hewitt