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Actress Beverley J. Taylor returns to the Ivoryton Playhouse for a loving critique of a comic murder mystery with Connecticut ties. Our thanks to Overabove for producing video clips for all our productions.

After working for the Ivoryton Playhouse for 15 years, Taylor is delighted to return “simply as an actress” to play the much-maligned theatre critic Daria Chase. She looks back fondly on her time with the Playhouse, however, working in many roles and acting in several as well.

Asked to describe The Game’s Afoot, actress Beverley J. Taylor gives a sly grin. “There’s a quick murder, a little bit of body-hiding, a lot of slapstick comedy – thunder, lightning, screaming.” This comedy-thriller hits all the high notes of a murder mystery.

Set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle, this Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning play transports audiences to 1936 for a cast party that quickly turns deadly – and delightfully funny. Writer Ken Ludwig sets up both quick-witted jokes and an engrossing mystery, all in one night on the Ivoryton Playhouse stage.


Press Release

It’s Holmes for the Holidays!

at the Ivoryton Playhouse
November 1 – 19, 2017

Ivoryton – On November 1st, the Ivoryton Playhouse continues the Halloween season with a murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle – Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT.

It is December, 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his theatrical portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

In the vein of the best “whodunit” murder mysteries, the plot takes many twists and turns. The dialogue is witty and face-paced; there’s suspense within the laughter and even when you think you’ve figured out who the bad guy is, you will start to question yourself when the plot takes an unexpected twist.

“From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” – Cleveland Examiner

THE GAME’S AFOOT is directed by Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard and features Ivoryton favorites Erik Bloomquist, Victoria Bundonis*, Katrina Ferguson*, Michael Iannucci*, Maggie McGlone Jennings and Beverley J. Taylor, as well as Craig McDonald*, making his Playhouse debut as William Gillette and Molly Densmore* as the beautiful Aggie. Set design is by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, sound by Tate R. Burmeister and costume design by Kathleen T. Gephart.

THE GAME’S AFOOT opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on November 1st and runs through November 19th, 2017.  Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity
Members of the press are welcome after

November 2nd, 2017.  Please call ahead for tickets.


Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

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