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The homicide that ends the first act paves the way for the introduction of a character in the second who deserves her own play, maybe even her own PBS series. As portrayed by Teresa Weed--whose mere presence enhances the performance of every player around her--Inspector Emily doesn't so much apprehend crooks as charm them with her huge eyes and seductive voice. Good thing, too, since the story surrounding her is downright soporific in its unoriginality. If playwright Beau O'Reilly had focused on her and on Danne Taylor's genially creepy photographer, Kat McJimsey's Joan Cusack-style waif, and Jeff Bivens's enigmatic shell dweller, the results might have been worthier of the Curious Theatre Branch's talents.

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