William Gillette isn't a real detective, but he plays a world-famous one on stage.

The fictional character is at the center of Ken Ludwig's "The Game's Afoot," which will be performed on the Indiana Repertory Theater's OneAmerica Stage starting next week.

The play follows Gillette, an acclaimed Broadway actor of the 1930s, who invites his Sherlock Holmes co-stars to his eccentric Connecticut mansion for a Christmas Eve celebration.

During the course of the evening, one of Gillette's guests is murdered, leaving Gillette to employ the persona of the master detective he's made famous on stage to solve the crime and track down the killer before another victim appears, according to an IRT release.

Ludwig is an acclaimed playwright and theater director. He premiered "The Game's Afoot" at the Cleveland Play House in November 2011. The show won 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Play.

The comedic thriller will last two hours and includes an intermission. The run of the show will be this season's comedic closer.

Tickets range from $25-$35. The show will run from April 23 to May 18.

Performances scheduled for April 27, May 4 and 15 also will have a post-show discussion with IRT staff and artists.

Every performance will include a pre-show discussion beginning 45 minutes before curtain.