Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson’s allegorical tale was published in 1886. Jeffrey Hatcher’s new adaptation posits that Hyde dwells in each of us—and underlines the point by having each one of the supporting cast take a turn inhabiting the character. The only person not playing Hyde is Bradford Farwell, who takes Jekyll from insouciance to the maddening realization that he’s been outsmarted by someone who thinks with his fists. Farwell makes a splendid Jekyll, all hubris and aristocratic bearing. This production pays a hefty ransom in homage to director R. Hamilton Wright’s other inspiration—the rogue’s gallery of Universal movie monsters from the 1930s. It’s all the stuff of brilliance, and long after the boogeyman fable ends, the show’s basic question still hangs in the air: What are you hiding? KEVIN PHINNEY

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: April 10. Continues through May 10, 2009

 
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