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Holmes and Watson

Through 12/14: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM

Two classic tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Scandal in Bohemia" (1891) and "The Final Problem" (1893), are rendered as chamber theater by adapter-director Terry McCabe. Employing only bare-bones set and lighting and minimal stage action, the production relies primarily on Doyle's original text, with Dr. John Watson narrating the stories of Victorian supersleuth Sherlock Holmes's face-offs with his most daunting nemeses—courtesan and blackmailer Irene Adler ("the woman," Holmes called her) and criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty. Adam Bitterman is a bluff, dogged Watson, the careful chronicler of his brilliant friend's adventures. British actor James Sparling is a near ringer for the famous Sidney Paget drawings of Holmes in the Strand Magazine, and he conveys the character's high-strung personality nicely; but he needs to be careful of rushing his lines and swallowing the ends of his phrases. My favorite part of the show is when Sparling's Holmes impersonates Moriarty—it's a wonderfully creepy, reptilian portrayal of Holmes's elusive archenemy, the "Napoleon of Crime." —Albert Williams $29

City Lit Theater (map)
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
phone 773-293-3682


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