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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 29 2013

Sherlock Holmes is one of those characters who delights with his constancy. Consider Holmes at the beach, wearing tweed, or Holmes at the department store, pestering strangers with baffling deductions about their personal lives. Arthur Conan Doyle's 1892 short story, adapted here nearly word for word by Raven Theatre, sets the detective cruising through Christmas in typical fashion, with delightfully little seasonal moralizing. Tyler Rich's serviceable performance as Holmes suffers from the distractions that director Michael Menendian piles onto the tale: a brass band opens and closes the play; Foley artists intrude with onstage sound effects; references to Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and, most baffling, Dr. Jekyll litter the scene changes. Holmes, who liked the straightest line from A to Z, would not be pleased. —Keith Griffith

Price: $20


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