Final Adventure" sounds ominous. But it's a familiar ruse to fans of Sir Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Final Problem."
Broadhollow presents Steven Dietz's 2006 comic adaptation, which conflates the aforementioned short story with "A Scandal in Bohemia" into an argument that -- despite Sherlock's apparent misogyny -- Holmes is neither celibate nor gay.
But first, the ruse. Dr. Watson, serving as narrator and sidekick -- often dead-wrong in his analyses -- announces Holmes' death. As played by Rick Peters, he's no match, wits-wise, to Jack Seabury's Holmes.
In flashback, he speeds across Sal Perrotta's dimly lit (by Meghan Santelli) 221 Baker St. set as if high on cocaine. Holmes' drug habit is mentioned as he listens to a recording of opera diva Irene Adler, former lover of the King of Prussia (Eugene Sullivan), now betrothed. Blackmail involving compromising photos threatens the royal match. But Holmes takes the case for personal reasons: to woo Adler, tempestuously played by Maryellen Molfetta, and thwart Professor Moriarty (a ruthless Tony Chiofalo).
While no match for the Robert Downey Jr. movie (sequel in December), director Glen Beck suggests more action than possible onstage. But the play's greatest contribution to the Doyle canon is its revelation about the brainy sleuth: He has little gift for small talk, even less for romantic flattery.
Egghead scientists and nerdy schoolboys can relate.
WHAT "Sherlock Holmes -- The Final Adventure"
WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. tomorrow, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip. Also Nov. 12-27, BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
INFO $14-$28; broadhollow .org, 631-581-2700