Theater: Fogbound

THE CRUCIFER OF BLOOD by Paul Giovanni

The U.S. is the only country in the world in which playgoers applaud the scenery when the curtain goes up. They may have seen the best of the show.

This is certainly so in The Crucifer of Blood. The play is ostensibly about a nasty case solved by Sherlock Holmes (Paxton Whitehead) with his customarily occult intelligence — a fancifully distorted version of Conan Doyle's The Sign of the Four. What Crucifer is actually about is Holmes' study, a bibliophile's opulent dream, though Holmes is so busy...

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