Sometimes size does matter and bigger is better. Tony Simotes’ 2009 staging of Steven Canny and John Nicholson’s hilarious three-man version of The Hound of the Baskervilles filled the intimate Bernstein Theatre with laughs, and now this new staging in the larger Founders’ Theatre is bigger and better in every way. Bigger jokes, bigger comedy, bigger laughs.
All my colleagues went and used their best canine puns in their reviews of Sylvia at the BTF. Sylvia is pleasant fun. The Hound of the Baskervilles is, literally, howlingly funny.
Key to the fun is the amazing, amazing, amazing (did I say AMAZING?) cast. Josh Aaron McCabe, Ryan Winkles, and Jonathan Croy are perfection, and on opening night half the fun was watching them crack each other up with ad libs and hilarious cover lines for the gaffs that inevitably crop up in a show this fast-paced. Everyone was having a ball, including the sadly uncredited stage crew. What, they get a curtain call and they don’t get their names in the program? Booo!