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Brad Stauffer

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Might as Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from June 16-July 30
7:30 p.m.
Every Sat. and Sun. from June 18-July 30
2 p.m.
$40-$60; $27-$37 previews.
Theater

Pop culture tends to imagine detectives as hardboiled loners, doggedly uncovering insidious conspiracies at enormous personal peril. A marked contrast to this image is Nero Wolfe, the enduring creation of novelist Rex Stout. Wolfe is the antithesis of the ruffled gumshoe, insisting that crime-solving not intrude upon the comfortable routines of life, leaving any necessary footwork to his quick-witted assistant, Archie Goodwin. Adapted by Joseph Goodrich, Might as Well Be Dead concerns a missing heir who may or may not be the same person on trial for murder. As is to be expected, the investigation grows increasingly tangled, with assumed identities and ambiguous motives. This staging entrusts Goodrich’s script to the direction of Peter Moore and a cast headlined by E.J. Subkoviak as Wolfe.