WHY? Figure there's a bit of detective work that goes on nightly at the Pageant, as audience members lean in, trying to catch a pose that isn't just so or an onstage performer in mid-sneeze. We're all gumshoes at the Pageant, keeping an especially keen eye on the stage. Diane Challis Davy, the Pageant's director, said the 2014 theme has inspirations in shows such as "The History Detectives" and the "Connections" series as well as the helmer's "love of Sherlock Holmes stories." Dan Duling, the longtime writer for the Pageant, adds that "the history of art is filled with whodunits, unsolved mysteries, and tales of discoveries that changed the way we look at the world. Behind every masterpiece, there are clues to other mysteries." Does this mean that every artwork selected for staging will be packed with magnifying glasses and tools of the detective trade? Probably not, but bet on an enigma, or an enigmatic element, within each work.
The 2014 Pageant of the Masters is on at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach from July 9 through Aug. 30.