Not Much New in Jekyll and Hyde

 

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Burt Grinstead and Anna Stromberg

Reviewed by Nicholas Linnehan

I have always been a fan of the infamous story of Jekyll and Hyde, so when I heard about Soho Playhouse’s new production I was intrigued – the problem is, other than an outstanding shape-shifting actress, there is nothing either jarring or earth-shattering about the production.

When you take on a work that has been done countless times – even on Broadway – the challenge is to keep it fresh, or even unforgettable. And for some, perhaps, Anna Stromberg’s uncanny ability to successfully take on so many different characters makes this a stand out production. But I have seen so many actors required to shape shift on a dime that Stromberg’s portrayal alone was not enough for me to call it an outstanding rendition of Jekyll and Hyde.

Stromberg’s counterpart, Burt Grinstead, does a fine job portraying the classic Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by giving us a decent but unoriginal performance. Overall, this is a fine production with strong comedic moments that is worth seeing if you don’t feel inundated by the story and all its retellings. A groundbreaking production, this is not.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde plays now through May 26, 2019 at The Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St. http://www.sohoplayhouse.com

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