|L-R: Kevin Sebastian and Philip O'Gorman in ARSENE LUPIN VS SHERLOCK HOLMES. Poster Design by Kevin Sebastian. Poster Photography by Max Kilsheimer.|
It is frequently the case that the enjoyment of a theatrical production requires, at the outset, a suspension of disbelief, and that is certainly the case here. For starters one must learn to overlook the actors’ on again off again French accents and focus instead on their general exuberance And, if nothing else, they are exuberant.
There are fifteen characters in this production, played by ten different actors with several playing two or more roles. Of them all, I thought the most outstanding was Lisa Monde who portrayed Alexandra James (A.J.) ”Raffles” Holmes, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes, a character invented by Mr. Gordon specifically for this play as a strong counterpoint to Holmes himself. I was also particularly impressed by the performances of Kevin Sebastian as Lupin and David Alexander in the dual roles of Victor Grunbaum and Jean Dudouis.