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Summit Playhouse Opens 2013-14 Season with 'The Game's Afoot'

Summit Playhouse actor Jim Clancy as the bumbling yet keenly perceptive Inspector Goring.

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse is launches its 2013-14 season with the Edgar Award-winning comedy/thriller “The Game’s Afoot,” Ken Ludwig’s clever, fast-paced twist on a Sherlock Holmes mystery.  With delicious dialogue and characters, “The Game’s Afoot” delivers uproariously funny, engrossing entertainment from start to finish. 

An intriguing blend of fact and fiction, “The Game’s Afoot” main character, William Gillette, was a real-life star of the American stage during the early 20th century. He made his fortune playing the famous fictional detective in “Sherlock Holmes,” a play he also wrote. He assumed the role onstage more than 1,300 times over thirty years. 

Gillette owned a replica of a medieval castle, still in existence and open for tours today, that was filled with remarkably forward-thinking gadgets, tricks and mirrors.  The castle is where, in “The Game’s Afoot,” he invites fellow cast members for a weekend of fun, which takes a sinister turn when one of his guests is stabbed.  Gillette assumes the familiar persona of Sherlock Holmes to solve the case before the unknown assailant strikes again.

Director Belle Wesel of Brooklyn recently directed the hilarious production of “The 39 Steps” for Chatham Community Players, and is making her directorial debut with The Summit Playhouse.  “With the current popularity of all things Sherlock, the brilliant detective from Baker Street has never been more in demand,” observes Wesel.  “In ‘The Game’s Afoot,’ we take a light-hearted look at the genius of detection through the eyes of the actor.  It’s a lot of fun.” 

“The Game’s Afoot” at The Summit Playhouse will run Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at or 1-800-838-3006.  Single tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students (18-under).  Season subscriptions are $55 for adults, and $40 for students (18-under).  Group rates for 10 or more are also available.  For details call the playhouse at (908) 273.2192.

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