Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Jeffrey HatcherI was surprised that this stage adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde was written by the same playwright who adapted Nikolai Gogols Government Inspector. While the show wasnt the best in quality and it was hard to focus on the quality of writing because of the directing and acting, I can say the script is... okay.
Ive never read Jekyll and Hyde before, so I dont know how faithful of an adaptation this is to the Stevenson novel, but the imagery and narrative structures are very creative. It was unique to see how most of the characters dressed as Hyde and were given the cane and would transform into the darker half of Jekyll- implying this thematic idea that everyone has a darker side, everyone lacks a soul.
The narrative structure also makes the play come across more as a collection of letters and documents acted on stage, similar to Lerouxs framework in Phantom of the Opera. Its a unique format that I enjoy a lot, and I think it lended itself well to a story like this.
However... this story is very cheesy and so many parts of it had me wondering if it was the over-the-top acting of the production I saw, or the actual quality of writing itself. Ive come to the conclusion that it was a little of both. Some of the dialogue is very melodramatic and the characters (While portrayed in very ridiculous manners by the actors) were written to be portrayed in very over-the-top interpretations.
Im willing to read the play or see some other versions of this play in the future for a better re-evaluation but for the most part its alright. There were some effective scenes here and there (mostly the murder scenes), but the rest of it was just too ridiculous for me to take seriously.
On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll's experiments with exotic "powders and tinctures" have brought forth his other self-Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde m. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave. With multiple Hydes portrayed by members of the cast. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
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This weekend, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will stalk the stage of the Park Square Theater in St. Twin Cities playwright Jeffrey Hatcher adapted Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of the man of science who releases his inner evil by drinking a potion. Hatcher told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr he had some ideas about taking the story forward in new ways for audience members. Hatcher says he's wanted to win an Edgar ever since he saw one on the mantelpiece of Laurence Olivier's character in "Sleuth.
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Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , from the novella Strange Case of Dr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher. Directed by Caitlin Lowans.