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The Hound of the Baskervilles 

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Like last season's successful Holmes and Watson, Terry McCabe's latest adaptation owes much to the passive-aggressive partnership of Don Bender's prickly-perfect sleuth and Will Schutz's wonderfully game chronicler as they play out Holmes's miraculous powers of deduction and Watson's dogsbody reliability. Perhaps Arthur Conan Doyle's most extravagant adventure, Hound combines melodrama, criminal psychology, and a romantic feeling for the desolate moors of Devonshire. Kevin Theis's respectful staging discourages any camp overkill, and his seven enterprising supporting performers convey a much larger scene than their number suggests. This story offers a plethora of suspects but, alas, no great villain a la Professor Moriarty. The title creature is deliciously ferocious, however. You can only wish him on Michael Vick. --Lawrence Bommer a Through 10/14: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, City Lit Theater Company, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-293-3682, $25.

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