The Mystery of Edwin Drood
is vintage Charles Dickens made all the more complicated by the fact that he never finished it. Enter Rupert Holmes in the mid-1980s, who wrote the book, music and lyrics; while maintaining the integrity of Dickens’s text, Holmes made judicious edits and turned it into a comic musical that went on to win five Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. Obsidian Theater and Standing Room Only Productions are bringing the show to Houston, and Rachel Landon, who is directing, says audience members should know ahead of time that this is an immersive theater experience. “At a certain point in Act 2, the actors stop what they’re doing. Because they have reached the point that Dickens died,” she says. “The actors turn to the audience, led by The Chairman, and they ask that you look back on all of the clues in the evening and that you, the audience, members choose who first of all is the detective in disguise. And then from the pool of actors that are left you are then able to choose who the murderer is. Majority vote. There is no fourth wall.”
8 p.m. Thursday. Continuing 8 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. September 28 through October 14. Obsidian Theater, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 832?889?7837 or visit obsidiantheater.org
. $27.50 to $37.50.
There’s orphans galore, picturesque names (Rosa Budd, Reverend Crisparkle) and a plot more labyrinthine that most modern spy novels.