Sound and Fury: Sherlock Holmes and the Saline Solution (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Sound and Fury: Sherlock Holmes and the Saline Solution

American comedy trio take on Victorian London

With the foreboding spectre of a Guy Ritchie-directed Sherlock Holmes film being released later this year, American comedy trio Sound and Fury’s new show (Sherlock Holmes and the Saline Solution) is a welcome DIY send-up of literature’s most famous detective. The plot itself is loosely developed but contains all the right elements: the murdered body of a rich London man, a damsel in distress, an encounter with opium and, finally, some sense of resolution.

The effects are a delightfully silly mix of the smutty and the literary, making this a worthy successor to the group’s 2008 hit Cyranose. But be warned; this might be a murder mystery of sorts but the Victorian whodunit takes a backseat to the performers’ effortless charm. Under their ruthlessly energetic control, Shelby Bond’s Sherlock is a bumbling figure, guided only by Richard Maritzer’s slightly less clueless Watson, while Vinny Cardinale occupies nearly every peripheral part with tireless animation. Moreover, the trio’s forays into the audience maintain a spontaneous atmosphere throughout and their infectious enthusiasm makes this one of the cheeriest comedies you’re likely to see this month.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 31 Aug, 10.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Sound & Fury's Sherlock Holmes and the Saline Solution

  • 4 stars

150 years ago Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh. Today, he is rolling in his grave. Outrageous send-up by the creators of last year's hit 'Cyranose'! ***** (Edinburgh Evening News)

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