Allysa @ 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' - an evil Willy Wonka mixed with Jack Sparrow
What’s it about?
Upon drinking a concoction he made to remove evil, Dr. Henry Jekyll transforms into his evil alter ego, Edward Hyde.
I usually sit in the front row at every single show, but this time I decided to linger in the back. I have to say, sitting in the back of the theatre gives you a completely difference experience than sitting in the front. I’m glad I did for this one. Those who sat in the front row had a truly immersive experience — the actors were directly interacting with them. From the back, I was more of an observer. It was nice to just sit and watch.
This is actually the first time I saw a production with only two actors. One of the actors played a myriad of different roles. I found it impressive that she managed to stay in character during every single role change.
One scene was particularly interesting. She had to play four different people at the same time and I thought:
WOW, how is she not stressed out over switching between the male and female roles and the accents?
To be honest, I didn’t find the idea of a woman playing both genders at all controversial. I felt that the way she switched back and forth between different parts added an element of humor as opposed to the typical dramatic energy this story has.
Weirdly, the accents are what I remember most, because the actress was able to very quickly switch from a Scottish to a British to, I believe, a Welsh accent. She didn’t screw up any of them. It wasn’t only the accents but the tone of her voice, too. There was a point when I wasn’t sure if she was speaking the part of Jekyll’s love interest Ivy, or if it was a voice over because the voice differed from the rest of the characters. While the play centered on the mystery behind Jekyll and Hyde, I found the mystery to be more in the role of Ivy, Jekyll’s love interest.
If you were to ask me whether I have a preference between Jekyll or Hyde, I would say that Jekyll reminded me more of Dr. Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb, while Hyde was more of a mix between an evil Willy Wonka and Jack Sparrow. Who would you pick? Let me know in the comments below!
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