Actor William Gillette has built his fame playing master detective Sherlock Holmes and invites fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a holiday get-together on Christmas Eve of 1936. When one guest is stabbed to death, the frivolity ends and mystery ensues in the house filled with tricks and mirrors. The star resorts to assuming the personality of his most famous role to try and solve the crime.
Witty and fast-paced, Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot” plays both suspense and laughter to its fullest at Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope). The eight-person cast is just the right size for a whodunit, and this play — which premiered in 2011 and won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best play — is a worthy vehicle.
The play runs July 23-Aug. 2. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday curtain is at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18, $12 for students. Advance tickets are available at theatre98.org.
More Mary Poppins, different stage
If you didn’t get your chance to indulge in everyone’s favorite musically inclined, magical British nanny earlier this summer, there’s another chance at hand. Based on P.L. Travers’ book, this children’s favorite was transformed into a Disney movie a half-century ago and the exploits have remained popular despite the lagging authenticity of Dick Van Dyke’s cockney accent.
This newest version runs July 23-Aug. 16 at Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Drive, Mobile). The first two weekends are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The last two weekends are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
It has been produced with permission of Music Theater International New York, New York.
Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations or visit playhouseinthepark.org for more info.
Super vehicle visits Exploreum
A group of aspiring engineering students from the University of South Alabama recently pooled their efforts for competition in the 36th Supermileage Competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. What they arrived at is a one-passenger ride employing a single-cylinder, four-cycle engine.
Now their extra-efficient vehicle will roll into Mobile’s premier science center when the super vehicle is put on display at the Gulf Coast Exploreum (65 Government St.) July 18-26.
The Supermileage competition is aimed at helping students develop practical engineering and problem-solving skills that will help ensure success in their given fields.
Exploreum hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m.
For more information, call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.
Call for regional artists
The Birmingham Museum of Art, in partnership with REV Birmingham and the city of Birmingham, has issued a call for artists in the Southeast to submit proposals for the first of a city-wide wayfinding project. The project is funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant and aims to connect cultural districts, historic landmarks and businesses in Birmingham.
The project has two phases. In the first, a single preliminary artist will be selected to develop a concept and prototype for a large-scale Artistic Gateway Sculpture, anticipated to be one of several gateway elements marking the entrance to downtown Birmingham. There will also be a comprehensive Artistic Wayfinding System for downtown including vehicular directional signs, pedestrian signs, kiosks and banners.
The phase-one prototype will inform creative direction and fundraising efforts for phase two, in which a subsequent call for additional artists will be made and implementation carried out.
The application process is open to all artists over the age of 18 living and working in the Southeast region; an artist stipend will be provided.
Complete details and the application can be found on the Birmingham Museum of Art’s website, artsbma.org/callforartists. The deadline for proposals is July 31.