If you've ever wondered what might have happened if the celebrated fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes took on Chicago's real-life 19th century mass murderer H.H. Holmes, then don't miss Holmes vs. Holmes. This world-premiere drama was written by Bill Daniel and based upon a concept dreamed up by Orion Couling and Angela Davis Couling. E.D.G.E. Theatre's Holmes vs. Holmes plays from Thursday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $22. Visit www.edgeoforion.com for more information and to buy tickets in advance.
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By Abarbanel, Barnidge and Morgan