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Director comments on 'Sherlock Holmes' at Phipps

Submitted photo The cast of "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" at The Phipps Center for the Arts features, from left, Chris Babbitt, Hudson, as Dr. Watson; Kevin Christensen, Hudson, as the King of Bohemia; Kari Elizabeth Kjeldseth, St. Paul, as Irene Adler; Erik Olson, Hudson, as Holmes; Ambrosia J. Webb, Roberts, as Madge Larrabee; Marc J. Paez, Inver Grove Heights, as Professor Moriarty; Brett W. Severson, Hudson, as James Larrabee; and Bernie Drevnick, Hudson, as Sid Prince. Nine performances ar...

The Phipps Center for the Arts is staging "Sherlock Homes: The Final Adventure" Sept. 11-27. The play is adapted by Steven Dietz, based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle.

In the play, the soon-to-be-married King of Bohemia faces blackmail by opera singer Irene Adler. The king's dilemma stems from a notorious photograph of the two together. With companion Doctor Watson at his side, Holmes pursues first the case and then the affections of Miss Adler. To solve this case, however, Holmes must be clever enough to outsmart his longtime adversary Professor Moriarty.

Director Keith Isaacson of St. Paul has been involved with theater and The Phipps for many years. He has previously staged "Drop Dead," "Angel Street," "Towards Zero," "Ten Little Indians," "Over the River and Through the Woods" and many other titles for The Phipps.

The show is coming along very well, according to Isaacson. The cast consists of Phipps veterans as well as newcomers. The director describes the set as "England at the turn of century with a relaxed Victorian feel. The set is great fun. The lights and sounds are all part of the show. The concepts of time and space move back and forth which makes it very interesting and theatrical."


Nine performances are scheduled Sept. 11-27 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current ID, with a $2 discount for the opening weekend and a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees.

Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets.

Patrons are encouraged to come early on Sept. 26 and 27 to enjoy Spirit of the St. Croix Days in Lakefront Park, adjacent to The Phipps. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or go to

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinees. For reservations, contact Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at (651) 436-8883 or go to