Even if you know the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic 1886 horror story, you’ll likely be surprised by the Cincinnati Playhouse’s version, since it twists and turns the tale in unanticipated directions. Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the story; his scripts, from Scotland Road in 1993 to Murderers in 2007, have often grabbed Playhouse audiences, and this version of Stevenson’s tale provides unexpected textures and narrative elements.
Rather than making Henry Jekyll (Anthony Marble, pictured) an honorable, well-intended man of science, Hatcher presents an educated fellow full of secrets, prejudices and ambivalences. He confesses early on that he doubts man has a soul.
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