Only Walt Spangler's set is an unequivocal success.
But Spangler pulls a nice visual sleight of hand that literally opens up the play for the audience. Suddenly, Raskolnikov's world becomes both more confined and more unfettered.
It is a trick that no novel could ever pull off, and yet it enhances our understanding of Dostoevsky's story. It's magic, pure and simple.
If only this production had more of it.
If you go
"Crime and Punishment" runs through May 15 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets are $15-$45. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org for show times.