by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move



1936 Broadway star William Gillette is celebrated and well, spoiled.  He lives a fairy tale life as a successful actor, in an electronically wired Connecticut castle, binging on gadgets, toys, his own inventions and lavish parties, sharing “home sweet home” with mother — a slightly exasperated, tolerant yet happy-to-entertain, woman who just wants to have a little cheer for the holidays.  There will be no “peace on earth” however with Gillette’s co-stars coming to dinner, New York City’s viper queen critic on the guest list and everyone hiding a secret in plain sight.

Silly hilarity rules this Christmas Eve in a fast-paced, “All Sherlock All the Time” whodunnit complete with non-stop “Clue-like” board game antics and of course – a murder – in, “The Games Afoot or Homes for the Holidays” at Theatre Palisades.  

Gag after gag headlines the “almost” on the edge of your seat production, while epic melodramatics, accusations, instant love affairs, back stabbing bad manners and spontaneous séance, scream their way through this script for a rather predictable but route-for-the-home-team ending.

Flamboyantly directed by Gene Franklin Smith, this “you slay me” crowd pleaser is probably one of the genuinely funnier genre theatre romps on offer this season.  An ode to classic 30s & 40s, film comedy-mysteries, cast members, John Mawson, Gail Bernardi, James Lujan, Andy Wagner, Matthew Godfrey, Nicole Knudsen, Maggie Peach, and Maria Pavone, ham it up perfectly.  

Closing this weekend. Final performances are:

Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm

Theatre Palisades’ Pierson Playhouse, located at 941 Temescal Canyon Road (south of Sunset Blvd.) in Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Ticket Prices: Adults $20, Seniors and Students $18. For more information or to order tickets, please call our box office at (310) 454-1970 or visit our website at You may also order tickets on Plays 411 by calling (323) 960-7822 or online at 
Free onsite parking available at the Pierson Playhouse.