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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

When: May 11-22 2016

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11–SUNDAY, MAY 22

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

Charles Dickens left an unintended mystery in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; he died after writing half of it, leaving few clues to its solution. The oddest and most entertaining attempt to finish the work is Rupert Holmes's Tony-winning musical theater adaptation, set in a boisterous if disreputable Victorian music hall shortly after Dickens's death. Its denizens gleefully put their musical mystery through its melodramatic turns. Then the audience votes on the solution, which the actors stage. Theatre Raleigh has cut a quarter of the script, with Holmes's cooperation, for its ninety-minute "all star" version. That trim job could produce a cosmetic nip-and-tuck—or a theatrical amputation. We'll find out which. —Byron Woods

KENNEDY THEATRE, RALEIGH Various times, $31–$40, www.theatreraleigh.com

Price: $30-$32.50

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