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The Moonstone Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 27 2011

Victoriana fiends may want to take in this new adaptation of the first English detective novel, published by Wilkie Collins in 1868. Otherwise, it's skippable. There's little to care about until late in act one, the uneven British accents are distracting, quaint character quirks--like the butler's Robinson Crusoe fetish--go stale quickly, and Collins's Hindu villains are an embarrassment. The whole shebang amounts to a three-hour shaggy-dog story--not charmless, but not a good use of the talent and effort on display. Accents aside, the cast is strong, especially Ann Sonneville as the haunted ingenue. The set, lighting, and costumes are all solid, and director Paul Holmquist does a decent job of keeping things moving in acts two and three. --Dan Weissmann

Price: $20-$35

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