Discover the man within the machine.
Follow the legendary friendship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Through the mystery, action, and cleverness woven throughout Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, MY DEAR WATSON looks beyond the realm of narrative and into the heart of the man himself…that is, if he has one at all. In this dramatic musical told from the perspective of Dr. Watson, we are forced to reanalyze and redefine love and friendship for a man who is seemingly incapable of both. Is there a man in the machine?
Recommended for ages 13+
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes
My Dear Watson (at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater for NYMF) is not exactly a new take on the story of Sherlock Holmes. In fact, it doesn’t take a consulting detective to predict most of the musical’s events just before they occur – simply because most of us have seen this story play out before. So you’ll know that when John Watson tells Lestrade he needs a place to live, Lestrade will introduce him to Sherlock Holmes. Then, when Watson and Holmes meet, you know that Holmes will amaze Watson with his deduction skills, that they’ll move into Baker Street, etc. You probably know what’s going to happen in the end when Holmes and Moriarty face off at the Reichenbach Falls. And you’re going to be skeptical down to the last minute about whether or not Sherlock Holmes is in fact gone for good. Despite all of that, we keep making and watching movies, TV shows, and plays about Sherlock Holmes, so in the end, it would seem that the element of surprise is not all that essential. Maybe it’s not so much the plot as it is the characters that attract us to Conan Doyle’s story, and all its various reincarnations: Sherlock Holmes and John Watson – the enduring duo that never fails to amuse, delight, an …Read more