The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Theatre-Hike | Morton Arboretum | Theater & Performance, Halloween | Chicago Reader
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The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Theatre-Hike Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays and Mon., Oct. 11. Continues through Oct. 31 2010
Price: $13-$19 (includes arboretum admission)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Afternoon sunlight and crisp fall air don't exactly conjure up Victorian London's sooty cobblestones and repressed depravity. But director Bradley Baker doesn't let pleasant surroundings compromise this psychologically intense Theater Hikes staging of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 horror novel, performed outdoors at the Morton Arboretum. Baker treats families on blankets to brutal--though not graphic--mutilations, murders, and more. Jeffrey Hatcher's 2009 adaptation plays up Stevenson's emphasis on the unconscious by deploying multiple Hydes to lurk at the periphery of the action. As the primary Hyde, Geoff Crump provides a hulking counterpoint to Dan Toot's high-strung Jekyll. Their relationship is so effective, in fact, that the multi-Hyde device quickly starts to feel like a distraction. --Keith Griffith



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