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Nathan Pease and Laura Jones Macknin

Nathan Pease and Laura Jones Macknin

Steven Townshend

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 3 2016
Price: $20, $15 students and seniors
idlemuse.org
This new version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s oft-adapted novel, created for the stage by the same “adaption development group” that did Steppenwolf’s Young Adults' take on Animal Farm in 2014, has many virtues, not the least of which is that the story is retold simply but effectively, with a fine balance between wit and suspense. Evan Jackson’s elegant, well-paced production for Idle Muse Theatre brings out the best in the material. His casting is strong—Joel Thompson and Nathan Pease in particular have considerable chemistry as Holmes and Watson—and though the set is bare-bones, Jackson uses it well to create many interesting stage pictures. The few flaws in this adaptation come directly from Doyle’s original, a facile but ultimately shallow entertainment. —Jack Helbig

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