Love Street Playhouse

The cast of ‘The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays’ at Love Street Playhouse includes, front row, left to right, Bethany Pithan, Kevin Taylor and Debbie Amable Chunn; second row, left to right, Tracy Sacdalan, Lorraine Little and Debbie Blake; and back row, left to right, Michael McElliott and Henry Lorch.

Photo courtesy of Mike Patnode Photography

“The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays,” written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Love Street Playhouse owner and artistic director Melinda Pallotta, is part of the playhouse’s 10th anniversary season.

The play opened Dec. 1 at the playhouse, 126 Loves Ave., Woodland. It continues at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and 14-16; and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17.

Longview resident Kevin Taylor portrays William Gillette, a Broadway star, who in 1936 is admired the world over for his role in the play “Sherlock Holmes.” He invites his fellow cast members for an elegant Christmas Eve dinner party and weekend of revelry at his lavish isolated Connecticut mansion.

The festivities turn dangerous after one of the guests is stabbed to death. As the gentle snowfall quickly turns into a blizzard, Gillette assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes to track down the killer before another victim appears.

The cast also includes Vancouver resident Henry Lorch Felix Geisel, Portland resident Tracy Sacdalan as Madge Geisel, Longview resident Bethany Pithan as Aggie Wheeler, Longview resident Michael McElliott as Simon Bright, Longview resident Lorraine Little s Inspector Goring, Woodland resident Debbie Amable Chunn as Martha Gillette, and Vancouver resident Debra Blake as Daria Chase.

The set by Love Street owner and managing director Lou Pallotta transports audiences to the interior of a Connecticut estate. The glamorous long sequined gowns, fur coats and dapper holiday attire are by costume designer Melinda Pallotta. The artistic team also includes Kelly Ragsdale, lighting director, from the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts; Vancouver resident David Roberts, sound designer; Vancouver residents Marlow Conde and Michele Glover, property designers; and Woodland resident, David Bareford, violence designer.

Tickets are $20 in advance when seats are chosen online at the theater’s website at or by calling 360-907-9996.

Local business sponsors and advertisers contributing to the Love Street Playhouse include the Port of Woodland, Columbia Bank, Woodland Truck Line, Lou Pallotta of Chianti Club Productions, S&V Tax Service in Longview, America’s Family Diner, Business Cents N.W. Inc. in Vancouver, Holland America Flower Gardens, Benno and Klazina Dobbe, Columbia River Carbonates, Erica Rodman with Woodland Real Estate, Lee and Tim Welch, Last Frontier Casinos and the Lelooska Foundation.


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