The Confession of Henry Jekyll, M.D.

L.A. Theatre Works. Aug. 2023. 1:35 hrs. ISBN 9781682661772. $6.95. DRAMA
Rambo (God’s Man in Texas), writer of popular productions for screen and stage, presents his fresh, fast-paced take on the harrowing tale of Henry Jekyll, staged as a self-recorded confession. Jekyll takes listeners back to where his battle with his alter ego, Robert Hyde, began. Struggling to conceal his inner demons, Jekyll sacrifices love, friendship, and eventually his humanity. Following the production, a conversation between Rambo and Leslie S. Klinger, a historian of horror fiction, delves into the fascination that has kept Robert Louis Stevenson’s story alive for over a century. Lead performers Seamus Dever, as Jekyll/Hyde, and Matthew Hancock, as Nick, are a dramatic and compelling duo. They portray every emotional facet imaginable, from mournful to monstrous. Four other narrators voice minor characters, rounding out the engrossing listen. Background music, sound effects, and audience laughter and applause create an immersive theatrical experience.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a classic creepy tale with a contemporary spin, presented as an intense and engaging dramatic production. Recommended for fans of horror both old and new, from Stevenson to Stephen King.
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