Repertory Philippines stages comedy, murder-mystery with The Game’s Afoot

What comes to your mind when someone says “the game’s afoot?”

I really have no idea at all except that it is mentioned in William Shakespeare’s King Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1:

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’

Last Friday, I got a chance to watch this play. Since this is a murder-mystery play, I thought I’ve been seeing more of Shakespeare or Sherlock Holmes-ish adventure but it came out with an exciting and interesting play with a twist instead, not to mention the magnificent set. It even has a secret room that turned into a mini-bar!

THE GAME’S AFOOT, a comedic play by Ken Ludwig set in the 1930’s. The story follows William Gillette (played by Paul Holme), a Broadway star known for his portrayal of detective Sherlock Holmes, both in the play and in real life. In The Game’s Afoot, he invites his castmates to his castle in Connecticut for a weekend of fun and games, until someone turns up dead. Gillette must channel his inner Holmes to track the killer and stop the next death.tga_06

Other stars in the play includes Christine Flores as Madge Geisel; Hans Eckstein as Simon Bright; Joy Virata (alternate Jay Valencia-Glorioso) as Martha Gillette; Jeremy Domingo as Felix Geisel; Mica Pineda as Aggie Wheeler; Natalie Everett as Inspector Goring; and Ms. Pinky Amador as Daria Chase.

Directed by Miguel Faustmann, THE GAME’S AFOOT will be staged from January 15 to February 7, 2016 at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Ticket prices ranges from P400 to P800. For more details regarding THE GAME’S AFOOT, call Repertory Philippines at 843-3570. Book tickets through TicketWorld at 891-9999 or visit their website at

Here’s the view from where I sit–the magnificent mansion.



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