Tuesday, October 09, 2007

AMS/Meadowbrook Theatre Press Release


Nearly 50 metro Detroit Sherlock Holmes buffs will attend the Meadow Brook Theatre production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Known as The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit, the group was founded in 1946 to discuss the exploits of the famed Victorian-era detective and his associate, Dr. John H. Watson, as detailed in the 60 stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. "

"We are attending the play at the Meadow Brook Theatre to make sure that undo liberties have not been taken with the characters of Holmes and Watson. After all, we collectively are rather protective of Watson and Holmes,” said John Kramb, the president (or Gasogene) of the Amateur Mendicants.

Known as “the Canon", the original Holmes’ adventures continue to enjoy an enthusiastic following among readers young and old. Members of clubs such as the Amateur Mendicants take their appreciation one step further, by participating in what is called “The Game", the gentle belief that Holmes and Watson were real people, that Watson actually wrote the stories, and that Doyle was merely Watson’s literary agent.

Part of this fellowship requires members of such clubs to read and discuss the original stories and attempt to explain or clear up their occasional inaccuracies. “Reading the stories and discussing the nuances and inconsistencies of the Holmes mysteries is like getting a free passport to the Victorian Age," said Kramb. "In our quarterly meetings, we enjoy the camaraderie, the debate on fine points of the stories, a nice meal and a few toasts to The Queen and other characters of renown in the Holmes’ adventures,” he said.

Though most of Doyle’s stories were written more than 100 years ago, the character of Sherlock Holmes (and his trusted doctor friend) continues to fascinate readers and theater-goers, as evidenced by this new Meadow Brook play, which opens Oct. 10 and runs through Nov. 4.

As for the Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit, what draws the group together is the thrill of Holmes solving the cases with Watson while readers and fans are carried along on the adventure. On Oct. 14, the Mendicants, almost fifty strong, will attend Meadow Brook Theatre to cheer on their hero – and to help make sure that Holmes solves the adventure one more time.
For more information on the Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit, please contact: amateurmendicantsociety@hotmail.com


At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw your ad in the program and looked you guys up on the web. What did you think of the play? Did they have a talkback? Did any of you point out to the director that Sherlock Holmes didn't wear glasses?


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