Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
This classic Robert Louis Stevenson play gets a twist in the riff adaptation by local playwright Jeffrey Hatcher that presents an extraordinary interpretation that audiences love. Of course, there's the underlying premise: A doctor, intrigued by the ideas of the chemical transformation of personality (Dr. Jekyll), gets caught up in the murderous adventures of a monster (Mr. Hyde) that spring from his own breast. There are some marvelous presentations of the various personalities that emerge and how they interplay with the sometimes-sane/sometimes-insane doctor. In the end, the transformation seems less of one as the doctor who was the prime mover of it all succumbs to his own evil desires and behaviors that he can no longer hide (pun intended). The cast is amazing. Everyone follows the expert direction from George Roesler, a veteran at the Theater in the Round, and they are rewarded with for their faithfulness with a tight and moving experience.