Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose | Raven Theatre | Holiday Shows, Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Neala Barron, Jeff Meyer, and Darren Hill

Neala Barron, Jeff Meyer, and Darren Hill

Dean La Prairie

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 3 2016
Price: $20, $15 students and seniors
Only a little more than an hour long, this little drama is tailor-made for holiday audiences who want mild diversion uncomplicated by strong religious sentiment. Adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1892 story “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” and set in Victorian London at Christmas, it’s standard Holmes fare, if a bit thin; summarizing the tale would spoil it. Rachel Edwards Harvith, who directs this year, is particularly adept at creating stage pictures that look like engravings from the Strand Magazine. And the production is packed with strong performances—Jeff Meyer is particularly winning as Holmes—and padded out with lots of Christmas carols. But in the end, one leaves this show hungry for some real drama. —Jack Helbig

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