Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99 for 4 weeks.

Topics

Leonard Thompson
'Crime and Punishment' stripped down, but not to its essence
'Crime and Punishment' stripped down, but not to its essence

The novel "Crime and Punishment" is a gripping, modern psychodrama, a masterpiece of tension and suspense. A police detective seeks to solve a brutal double homicide without a shred of evidence — and sets himself the task of touching the conscience and saving the soul of the tormented young killer. It's a riveting story that probes the nature of good and evil and the sometimes blurry distinctions between enemies and allies. Why, then, in the stage adaptation currently running at Center Stage, does there seem to be so little at stake? During Wednesday's opening night performance, the audience was at enough of an emotional distance that some occasionally giggled at...

Loading