Home / Events / Theater / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

PENELOPE BASS
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 23., Saturday November 09 | $20.
Shoebox Theater
2110 SE 10th Ave.
 
We all do bad things. Whether that’s pirating your neighbor’s wireless signal or pouring acid onto a prostitute’s face just depends on your level of commitment. So for all its social commentary about good versus evil and the duality of man, Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde remains fascinating and horrifying simply because, on some level, we know it’s true. Like a cross between Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Theatre Vertigo’s production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is fast-paced, gleefully wicked and undeniably cool. The story is familiar, with Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation staying relatively faithful to the original tale, and director Bobby Bermea keeps the action brisk. At its violent climaxes, we see briefly lit snapshots of morbidly beautiful choreography: a cane poised to strike, a howling cry, a face contorted in pain. The set consists of little more than two doors and minimal props, but the explosive performances transport the action to the seedy streets of London. Cleverly hinting at the evil in all of us, the fiend Edward Hyde is portrayed by not one but six actors throughout the performance, with the persona often leaping from person to person during his grisly transformations. But he’s played primarily by Heath Koerschgen, who displays a suave demeanor and a surprising amount of sympathy, especially in his love for the feisty but naive Elizabeth Jelkes (Karen Wennstrom). So for whom do we root? Despite Hyde’s ruthless nature, it’s hard not to feel a thrill when he emerges, top hat and cane in hand. We, too, are transfixed by his actions, just like the maid who witnesses his horrific deeds from a window. “The good in me would have called out sooner,” she says, “but the bad in me wanted to watch.”

Where: Shoebox Theater
Phone: 306-0870
Address: 2110 SE 10th Ave.
Website: http://www.theatrevertigo.org/

 
 
Other events in Theater

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Friday, Feb 27, 2015

Dance presenter White Bird kicked off its first round of “Barney” creative prizes in 2013, awarded as a grant that recognizes innovative choreographers f ...

7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 26-28 | $26-$68
Newmark Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Portland Web | Map

Baron Vaughn

Friday, Feb 27, 2015

Comedian Baron Vaughn has made a serious impression at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival over the years—he's got a super-lively stage presence and a slightly absurdist way of framing totally mundane ...

8 pm Friday, Feb. 27 | $10
Hollywood Theatre 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland Web | Map

Constructs

Friday, Feb 27, 2015
Constructs is curator Rachel Adams’ inspired solution to the quandary of how to fill Disjecta’s massive exhibition space. This clean, elegant show is a kind of “etude on the wall,” a se ...
Disjecta 8371 N Interstate Ave. Portland Web | Map
Also At Shoebox Theater

Mary Stuart

Friday, Feb 27, 2015

Northwest Classical Theater and Cygnet Productions pair award-winning “favorites” Luisa Sermol and Lorraine Bahr for the classic catfight between sisters. Mary Stuart faces death after threaten ...

7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday | $22
Shoebox Theater 2110 SE 10th Ave. Map

Mary Stuart

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015

Northwest Classical Theater and Cygnet Productions pair award-winning “favorites” Luisa Sermol and Lorraine Bahr for the classic catfight between sisters. Mary Stuart faces death after threaten ...

7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday | $22
Shoebox Theater 2110 SE 10th Ave. Map

Mary Stuart

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015

Northwest Classical Theater and Cygnet Productions pair award-winning “favorites” Luisa Sermol and Lorraine Bahr for the classic catfight between sisters. Mary Stuart faces death after threaten ...

7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday | $22
Shoebox Theater 2110 SE 10th Ave. Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close