The Crucifer of Blood at the Alley Theatre

The Crucifer of Blood, this year's ExxonMobil Summer Chills series at the Alley Theatre is based on Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Sign of Four which was the second novel he ever wrote about Sherlock Holmes (after A Study in Scarlet).

As Hair Balls wrote in an earlier post, Todd Waite will reprise his 2003 role as Sherlock Holmes. Chris Hutchison will play faithful partner John Watson M.D. while John Tyson plays Scotland Yard Inspector Lestrade.

This one jumps back and forth in time between present day mysteries and past heinous acts, the streets of London and the exotica of India.

Not a bad way to introduce a teenager to the theater.

Tickets to The Crucifer of Blood start at $21 and are available at www.alleytheatre.org or at the theater's box office, 615 Texas Avenue or by calling 713.220.5700. Performance times are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, July 23, a special pre-show event will be held  from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. for ActOUT, Houston's group for gay and lesbian theater fans and their friends.

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