We all know the story from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1866 novella of the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll (Clint Allen) who, fascinated by the idea that people could have two very different sides to them, turns himself into Mr. Hyde (played with an almost animalistic intensity by Austan Peterschick, Ryan D. Maddux, Lucas Gerstner, and Charla Marie Bailey) by drinking a potion. In this play, the story is told almost like a court case, with friends and acquaintances telling about their encounters with Mr. Hyde. He commits several crimes (trampling a girl on the street, beating a man to death with his cane) and is just a generally creepy presence in the neighborhood. He also begins a love affair with Elizabeth (Laura Hoover), the sister of the girl he trampled, who knows what he is but loves him anyway. The stories collide as the truth comes out, until we reach the terrible conclusion.
|Clint Allen as Dr, Jekyll|
(photo courtesy of Theatre in the Round)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde continues through October 2. Head to Theatre in the Round in the Cedar/Riverside area to this new creepy twist on an old classic.