A chill-inducing ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ in Stoneham

Alexander Platt as Mr. Hyde and Esme Allen as his love interest, Elizabeth.
Alexander Platt as Mr. Hyde and Esme Allen as his love interest, Elizabeth.David Costa

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STONEHAM – The title character of “Hamlet,’’ a fellow who knows a thing or two about the divided self, forthrightly acknowledges his dark side in that famous scene when he offers Ophelia helpful career advice (“Get thee to a nunnery’’) before asking her why on earth she would want to be a “breeder of sinners.’’

“I am myself indifferent honest, but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me,’’ Hamlet declares, adding that he has “more offenses at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in. What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven?’’

Dr. Henry Jekyll is also being torn apart from within, but the not-so-good doctor certainly manages to find the time, and the means, to act on his monstrous impulses in Stoneham Theatre’s stylish and suspenseful production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.’’

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