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Sherlock's world premiere

‘The Sign of the Four’ takes to the Oregon Cabaret stage

“Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four” brings Holmes and Watson back to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre for an adventure that takes the audience from a prison in India to 221B Baker Street and on to the Thames for an onstage boat chase.

The show, running April 11 to May 26, is a world premiere adaptation of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous novels, “The Sign of the Four,” told in the small cast, quick change comedic style of recent OCT theatrical hits such as “The 39 Steps” and “Baskerville.”

“The challenge of creating a show like this is there are just so many moving parts,” says director/adapter Rick Robinson. “With so few actors to inhabit the world, care has to be taken to make sure each actor has enough time to change for the next bit and in some cases just to get a breath before they come on for the next scene. Also the balance between maintaining the integrity of Sir Conan Doyle’s mystery while adding these comedic touches can be a delicate balancing act.

“The exhilarating thing for an audience coming to see a world premiere is when the lights come up on opening night, they’re going to experience something completely new, something no one has ever seen before,” Robinson said.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four” previews Thursday, April 11, opens Friday, April 12, and closes Sunday, May 26. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, through Monday nights. Saturday and Sunday matinées begin at 1 p.m.

Matt Koenig and Galen Schloming return to the Cabaret as Holmes and Watson, respectively, having previously played those roles in 2017’s “Baskerville.” They are joined by Cabaret favorites Galloway Stevens (“Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “Rocky Horror,” “Million Dollar Quartet”) and Stephen Kline (“Picasso,” “Bat Boy (the Musical),” “The 39 Steps,” “Baskerville”), as well as Cabaret newcomer Aryana Sedarati.

“Sign of the Four” features onstage violence and talk of drug use and murder. There is no profanity or nudity. Were it a movie, it would be rated PG, bordering on PG-13, Robinson said.

Robinson helms his fifth show at OCT, having previously directed “Every Christmas Story Ever Told,” “Baskerville,” “The 39 Steps” and “Bat Boy (the Musical).” He wrote 2016’s “Pine Mountain Lodge” and adapted the Cabaret’s 2015 production of “A Christmas Carol.” A founding producer of the Lucid by Proxy, Robinson worked in Los Angeles as a director, playwright, actor, screenwriter and film director. As a director, his productions have garnered three Los Angeles Times Recommended Picks and six Backstage West Critic’s Picks. As a playwright, he’s had eight plays produced in Los Angeles, and one, “Asymmetry,” published by Samuel French.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four” previews Thursday, April 11, opens Friday, April 12, and closes Sunday, May 26. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, through Monday nights. Saturday and Sunday matinées begin at 1 p.m.

Reservations are required for pre-show dinner or brunch. Appetizers, beverages, and desserts are available without reservations. Preview tickets are $25 for all seats. Tickets for other performances are $39 for A level seating, with limited $36 B level seating and $25 C level seating available for all performances. The Cabaret offers a 20 percent ticket discount for groups of 12 or more; $12 student rush tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain with a valid student ID, subject to availability.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the OCT box office at 541-488-2902 or visit oregoncabaret.com.

Matt Koenig, left, and Galen Schloming return to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre as Holmes and Watson in the world premiere of :Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four.” (Photo by Christopher Briscoe)