Theater Review: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

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Oct. 13 – Nov. 3

Tennessee Repertory Theatre presents:
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Ages 12 and older)
TPAC’s Johnson Theater
505 Deaderick St., Nashville
782-4040 • tennesseerep.org
Show times: Tue – Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45

A perfect theatrical selection for Tennessee Rep’s second show of its 28th season — just in time for the Halloween season — Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novella of multiple personalities springs to great haunting life with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher, and deftly directed by Peter Vann (in his Rep directorial debut), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a brilliant work of theater art.

As you surely know, the story itself explores the shadows and demons that often exist within our humanity. This haunting tale delves deep into a dual mindset that is cleverly depicted on stage.

Tennessee Rep veteran Samuel Whited gives a remarkable portrayal of Dr. Henry Jekyll, who is plagued by his alter ego, Edward Hyde. The rub with his character is evident, and Whited greatly captures the struggle and internal battle within.

Four actors portray Hyde — Chris Bosen, Matthew Carlton, David Compton and Jamie Farmer — and this is a great stroke. Each deliver widely different characteristics of the beast within … Bosen being the most sneering and Farmer serving the most seemingly delicate, yet sinister. Compton is the most prevalent of the Hyde persona and is truly the most haunting.

In addition to the amazing cast is Gary C. Hoff’s impeccable set design coupled with Michael Barnett’s lighting. More than 20 red doors adorn the stage and hang from the ceiling — such a succinct representation of the gist of the drama in regard to the many doorways into the human psyche.

All in all, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a fabulous production and a real theatrical treat!

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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