Friday, August 18, 2006

The Transformation of Dr. Jekyll: 08/18/2006

Rabbit Hole Ensemble’s production of The Transformation of Dr. Jekyll is a modern retelling of the classic tale scientific experiments that result in the releasing of animalistic urges of the title character. The show’s approach is totally minimalist with Dr. Jekyll miming most props, his two “assistants” controlling the majority of the lighting with clip lights and vocally supplying the sound effects and acting as assorted other characters. Paul Daily is very good as Jekyll and the production, directed by Edward Elefterion is highly imaginative - a shadow-puppet re-enactment of one of the crimes is a highlight! My only problem with the show was the uneven tone of the piece; it is at times earnest and at other times joking. But overall it is an hour of pure theatrical story telling.

Fringe Rating: 8 (out of 10)

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