Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park | Filament Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Christian Libonati

Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park 

When: Saturdays. Continues through June 25 2016
Price: $20
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Observation, knowledge, and deduction are the skills employed by Sherlock Holmes in this promenade-style production for which audience members choose to walk or bike. Thanks to a "duplication machine," the investigation is led by three Holmeses and three Watsons, each leading a small group through the Portage Park neighborhood—from City News Cafe to Sears to Dickinson Park, among other local spots. At each location, the groups encountered suspicious characters to interview and search for clues before returning to Filament Theatre for some final evidence and a surprising conclusion. It’s one of the most interactive shows I’ve seen in a long time; the kids in our group were wholly engaged, and I learned a lot about the charming, oft-overlooked northwest-side neighborhood. Encyclopedia Brown fans will be especially enthralled, but there’s enough funny business from the large cast to keep everyone happy. —Suzanne Scanlon

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