(photo by Gino Domenico, courtesy Segal Centre)
The Unusual Suspect
Hollywood film star and Montreal homeboy Jay Baruchel is the right man at the right time to redefine the classic British detective in the world premiere of Sherlock Holmes at Montreal’s Segal Theatre
by Richard Burnett
Scooch over Robert Downey Jr. and never mind Basil Rathbone: I’ve always thought the hottest Sherlock Holmes was portrayed by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC TV series Sherlock.
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“We mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Greg Kramer,” the Segal’s Paul Flicker said in a statement on the first day of rehearsals. “We cherish the time we spent with Greg, an inspired and talented actor, director, writer, musician and magician. Greg devoted his life to his art. We honour his memory and legacy by continuing on with his final gift to the world, his Sherlock Holmes.”
“Greg was amazing because he really gave a shit about this thing, but not to the point where … I can’t help but ad-lib, and he would write them all down and they’d find their way into the next draft of the play. Greg was really a true collaborator. There is also a real dichotomy in this play because at the same time as it’s a Doyle purist’s Sherlock, it is also a Kramer Sherlock. You see the things in this play that were important to him.”
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Back in Montreal, Sherlock Holmes is competing with the Montreal Canadiens as the hottest ticket in town.