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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 15 2015

This stage adaptation of Nicholas Meyer's 1974 best seller puts a revisionist spin on the iconic character of Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes. Written in the style of one of Arthur Conan Doyle's original Holmes tales, the novel relates how the great detective and his faithful friend Dr. Watson team up with young Viennese physician Sigmund Freud to solve two crises: Holmes's own psychosis-inducing addiction to cocaine, and a German nobleman's fiendish plot to launch a European war. Both cases require the unique combination of Holmes's deductive abilities and Freud's insights into Oedipal fixations. Scripted by Terry McCabe and directed by Warner Crocker, the show employs a chamber theater style, with Watson narrating the action while also participating in it. The result is entertaining storytelling, yet also unusually moving in its exploration of the dogged devotion Watson (Adam Bitterman) feels for the strung-out supersleuth (James Sparling, a lookalike for the famous Sidney Paget drawings of Holmes in the Strand Magazine). Lee Wichman is a lovely Freud, at once gentle and steely as he probes the secrets of the subconscious. —Albert Williams

Price: $29, $25 seniors


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