Steve Montgomery has done so many shows, it’s hard to keep track.
He moved to the Tri-Cities in 1977 and quickly jumped into a production of Oklahoma!
He’s been in The Music Man and Carousel. He played opposite Soupy Sales in Guys and Dolls.
One of his favorite experiences was playing the ghost of John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
“We got standing ovations at every intermission,” he said.
So with that long theatrical résumé, it’s fitting that Montgomery plays an actor in the Richland Players’ production of The Game’s Afoot.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 18-19, 25-26 and Dec. 2-3, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.
It has enough Sherlock Holmes to keep it interesting, and it has enough of others in it too. It’s going to be worth seeing.
Steve Montgomery, actor
The Game’s Afoot is a work of fiction, but the mystery-comedy’s central character — William Gillette, played by Montgomery — was a real person. The playwright and actor was best-known for portraying Sherlock Holmes.
In The Game’s Afoot, Gillette has some co-stars and a theater critic over for a holiday party, and then must channel Holmes when one of them is murdered.
Montgomery said the production has been fun. The cast and crew are solid and the story is entertaining.
“Everybody loves Sherlock Holmes. It has enough Sherlock Holmes to keep it interesting, and it has enough of others in it too,” he said. “It’s going to be worth seeing.”
Kristin Lerch is directing. Montgomery turns in a strong performance, she said.
“On stage, he draws your eyes to him. He’s one of those people who’s easy to watch. He has that extra charisma that people respond to,” she said.
Lerch also praised the rest of the cast, which includes James Callaghan, Katrina Carlson, Michael Aardal, Samantha Weakley, MaryAnne Wuennecke, Lorinda Ferland and Cindy Juntunen.
The mix of comedy and mystery in The Game’s Afoot is a proven formula for Richland Players, Lerch said.
“We know that our audience loves comedy and mysteries. Those get the most response. We also like doing something holiday-themed this time of year if we can,” she said. “This one had all those elements.”
The Richland Players’ theater is 608 The Parkway.
IF YOU GO
What: The Richland Players’ production of The Game’s Afoot.
When: 8 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 25-26 and 2 p.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.
Where: The Richland Players’ theater, 608 The Parkway, Richland.