5 Reasons to See: The Hound of the Baskervilles at IRT

Last Friday I had the  pleasure of attending Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. My parents are super fans of Sherlock Holmes and we all enjoy a mystery and a night at the theater.

If you haven’t seen The Hound of the Baskervilles- here’s a brief synopsis:

The Hound of the Baskervilles (from IRT)

“Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as Baker Street’s fabled detective duo investigate a deadly threat to the heir of the Baskerville estate. Will Victorian London’s keenest mind deduce the source of the monstrous mongrels before they claim another victim? Family secrets, haunted hounds, romance, and mysteries abound in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless tale of supernatural suspense.”

We had such a fun time and it was such a treat to see Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson right here in Indianapolis!


photo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles at IRT

Sherlock Holmes (Marcus Truschinski) and Dr. John Watson (Matthew Brumlow), photo provided by IRT.

Let’s talk about 5 reasons why you should see The Hound of the Baskervilles.

1. It’s Indiana Repertory Theatre. It’s been in Indy for 40 years and is one of my favorite places in Indianapolis. I remember seeing shows here as a kid. It’s lovely inside and there aren’t too many seats, so there’s not a bad seat in the house.

2. Skilled Actors. I’m always so impressed with the casts at IRT. See a show at IRT and you’ll see professional actors with long lists of credits. They’re good. Really good. I thought the entire cast did an awesome job- but I was impressed with Marcus Truschinski (Sherlock Holmes) and Matthew Brumlow (Dr. John Watson). They were both faithful to the characters but added their own spin and humor, which I appreciated.

3. Special Effects. I didn’t think that I’d be “wowed” by the special effects in a play. I was. I jumped a few times and loved how they made it seem like the audience was right there in the train station or … well, you’ll just have to go to the show to find out. Well done!

4. A Wonderful Introduction to Sherlock Holmes. Interested in knowing a bit more about Sherlock Holmes? Or is this your first time seeing Sherlock Holmes? You’ll enjoy this production of The Hound of the Baskervilles which highlights Sherlock Holmes’ brilliance, charm, humor, and quirks (just the way Holmes is).

5. The Plot’s the thing. The Hound of the Baskervilles is an ideal mystery. There’s plenty of history, interesting characters, and some of them are not what they appear to be at first meeting. Intrigued? Yes, well then, you’ve got to go see it for yourself!


photo of the cast in IRT's The Hound of the Baskervilles

photo provided by IRT

The Hound of the Baskervilles is at IRT through March 15. Adult tickets start at $25. You can order tickets at irtlive.com or call 317-635-5252. Don’t miss out on the chance to see this fantastic show at IRT.

*Disclosure: I received tickets to attend The Hound of the Baskervilles. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’m a longtime Sherlock Holmes fan and wanted to tell you all about a must-see show at IRT.*

Have you seen IRT’s The Hound of the Baskervilles? If so, I’d love to know your thoughts. Leave me a note in the comments section. Thanks!

Let’s Make a Cocktail: Bloody Mary

One of my favorite cocktails is a Bloody Mary. But let’s face it—they’re not all great. Usually for me they’re not spicy or don’t have a lot of flavor so I end up making up my own mix.

The holidays are coming up and I’m feeling a bit lazy. I don’t want to spend a bunch of time mixing cocktails. I want all the hard work done for me.

Powell & Mahoney, LTD. makers of high quality and all-natural cocktail mixes contacted me to find out if I’d like to try their Bloody Mary cocktail mix. I’d heard good things and so I said “Um, yes please!” There are a few Bloody Mary options and I chose the Original Bloody Mary Mixer (There’s also a Sriracha Bloody Mary Mixer and a Chipotle Bloody Mary Mixer).

The Bloody Mary Mixer is non-alcoholic (perfect idea for those who want a non-alcoholic drink option) and is made in Vermont. In Indy you can purchase the Bloody Mary cocktail mix at The Fresh Market (Indy and Carmel locations) and Crate&Barrel for around $7.99 a bottle.


photo of Bloody Mary

Let’s make a Bloody Mary cocktail. It’s so easy.

Here’s the recipe (from the Powell & Mahoney, LTD. Website)

2 parts P&M Bloody Mary Mixer

1 part vodka

Combine in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain over ice into tall “pint” glass.
Garnish what you choose (ideas: celery stalk, slice of lemon, lime wedge, olives, salami, shrimp)

I used a beef stick, celery, tomatoes and cucumbers as garnishes. Hey, I enjoy a bit of a salad with my Bloody Mary.

And, the taste? It’s a Bloody Mary with a kick. Which is totally what I want. There’s plenty of spicy and pepper. If you don’t like a lot of spice or want to dial down the heat  you can always mix it with lemon juice or lime juice. I like my Bloody Mary a bit tart (yep spicy and tart) anyway, so I added some extra lemon juice.

p.s. I think the Mixer would be awesome to add to chili or tacos. Just sayin’.

I would definitely purchase Powell & Mahoney, LTD.’s Bloody Mary Mixer again. It’s going to make brunches and holiday parties so much easier. You can set up a Bloody Mary bar and let your guests do the mixing! Looking for a few other cocktail mixers? Check out their site for plenty of mixer options (such as Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Peach Bellini and more!)


photo of Bloody Mary

Disclosure: I was provided with a sample of Powell & Mahoney, LTD.’s Bloody Mary Mixer to try for a review. All opinions are my own. I do love a tasty Bloody Mary.

Giveaway: See Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes at The HI-FI on November 18

It’s Monday and time for a giveaway…how about a pair of tickets to see Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes at The HI-FI in Indy on Tuesday, November 18. Have you listened to their music before? They’re a band based in Nashville, Tennessee and I’d describe their music as indie rock with bits of dreamy electronic pop. Click the video above to hear “Sun Goes Out.”

Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes were named one of 15 bands to watch in 2014 by Esquire Magazine.

I recently started listening to their music and I’m totally digging their sound…

To enter- leave a comment with your name and I’ll pick a winner at random on Thursday, November 13 (who will win a pair of tix to the show). Note: This giveaway is for those in the Indy area and/or if you can attend the show on Tuesday, November 18.

Disclosure: I was provided with tickets for a reader giveaway. I’m happy to support the opportunity to see live music in Indy.