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August 11, 2005|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Do you believe?

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival continues tonight with the opening of The Best Christmas Murder Ever, an Uncommon Voices production at Fell's Point Corner Theatre.

Ron Holsey's dark comedy was a winner in the 2004 Carolinas Contemporary Playwrights Festival. The action is set at Christmastime in Western Maryland, where a family holds tight to its belief in Santa Claus, even though, ominously, the jolly guy in the red suit hasn't made an appearance for 14 years.

The cast, directed by Miriam Bazensky, is headed by Nancy Dall, Janise Bonds and Lisa Geyer, as three adult sisters, and also features Jimmy Morgan and Emily Holmes Hahn as two of the sisters' six offspring. (Bazensky advises that the play is not appropriate for those who believe in Santa or for children younger than 12.)

Showtimes at Fell's Point Corner, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 28. Tickets are $14. Call 410-655-4826.

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