Sherlock Holmes, mystery and autumn go hand-in-hand this fall as the Huntington Theatre Company of Boston unites Holmes' foggy London town with Boston's foggy parks in a new five-part audio play "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Emerald Necklace."

Inspired equally by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective and the ephemeral fog sculptures by artist Fujiko Nakaya, Huntington Playwriting Fellow Walt McGough has written the series of five free downloadable plays to correspond with -- and play out along -- the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's free exhibition "Fog X Flo: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace," on view every evening through Oct. 31.

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Told in five parts, the play finds Holmes strolling through Frederick Law Olmsted's designed landscapes with Miss Wayfair, who has engaged him to solve the mystery of her missing brother, Wilbur. Each episode references spots along the Emerald Necklace parks, including The Fens, Jamaica Pond and the Arboretum, and respond to environments created in Nakaya's five installations.

The plays are available for streaming or download through Oct. 31 at

"Writing a Sherlock Holmes story can feel like staging Shakespeare: the source material is compelling, finely wrought and so culturally ubiquitous that any new attempt is as much about what's different as the same," said McGough.


Rebecca Bradshaw directs the five episodes, which feature Stewart Evan Smith as Sherlock and Kiara Pichardo as Miss Wayfair.

The audio play coincides with the upcoming Huntington production of Charles Marowitz's "Sherlock's Last Case," playing the Huntington Avenue Theatre, Sept. 28-Oct. 28. Visit for additional information.

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On the marquee

JOYFUL GENIUS: Gilda Radner, the iconic comedian/actress and one of seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live," died way too young, in her early 40s, of ovarian cancer. But she's immortalized in the moving documentary "Love, Gilda" being screened at Lowell's Luna Theatre in Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., on Friday, Sept. 21, Saturday, Sept. 22, and Tuesday, Sept. 25. Luna has lots of other great films for viewing all fall. Visit its Facebook page for a full lineup.

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE: Subscriptions are available for Littleton-based Cannon Theatre's five show season. The lineup includes "Blackadder," Oct. 26-Nov. 17; "A Christmas Carol Radio Show," Dec. 14-15; "Mary Poppins" (kids/teen musical) Jan. 18-Feb. 2; "Cheaper by the Dozen," March 8-30; "Singing in the Rain," May 3-25; and "10-Minute Play Festival," June 7,8,14,15. The cost is $115, adults; $90, seniors/students. Visit or call 978-448-2108 for details.

LOOKING FOR ELVES: Ogunquit Playhouse holds auditions for its upcoming holiday show "Elf the Musical" on Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, N.H. Kids of all ages, ethnicities and personalities, but no taller than 60 inches, are needed to play the North Pole elves. Also needed are young male actors to portray Michael, a 12-year-old boy of any ethnicity, who is funny and smart and quickly bonds with Buddy the Elf. Auditions begin with an open-call sing, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with dance callbacks 1:30-3 p.m. All should be available for dance callbacks if requested. Boys trying out for Michael should be available for callbacks from 3-4 p.m. To schedule an open-call singing appointment, email Sal Bucci, and title the email "Elf Auditions/name of child" and within the email body provide child's first and last name, gender, height and best email/phone contact info. Children will be assigned a specific hour within the time block of 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Prepare a short song (no longer than 2 minutes) that shows personality and range; bring sheet music. You also may bring a picture with résumé stapled to back. Boys interested in playing Michael should visit and follow instructions. The show runs three weeks Nov. 28-Dec. 16. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Ogunquit, Maine. If cast, each child will participate during one of the three performance weeks, totaling eight performances. The role of Michael will be shared equally by two boys during the duration of the run.