Doma's newest Tony Award nominated play, Jekyll and Hyde, at the MET Theatre opened to a full house. Doma's history of excellence was even superseded by this professional performance.
Many of us already know the story of Jekyll and Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, and of the Doctor's desire to find out the source of evil and divide it out. We know that refusal of his hospital board to approve his wish for a human subject to test his theories on leads to his own participation in the experiment. On the eve of his wedding to the stunning Emma Carew (Amber Gildersleeve), Jekyll takes his own medication.
Unable to control the monster, Edward Hyde, that is released within him, Jekyll tries to put his life together but eventually fails as Hyde murders the hospital board members who refused him access. He also murders the unfortunate Lucy (Cassandra Nuss) and his finance Emma, both vying for the attentions of Henry Jekyll.
Chris Kerrigan who played the nice Doctor Jekyll effectively transformed himself, without the use of make up or special effects, to the evil and murderous Edward Hyde. His voice, so powerful that he was able to switch from one character to another even within the same song, was amazing. He fully immersed himself in the dual personalities for the full two hours of the play and at the end, you didn't know who was real.
The three gorgeous women,prostitutes Cassanda Nuss (Lucy,) and Benai Boyd (Nellie), and Amber Gildersleeve (Emma, the finance,) were equally as professional and talented as their strong voices rang out. I especially liked the songs "Bring On the Men,"(Lucy and the Dancers); "Murder, Murder" (The company) and "A New Life" (Lucy.) Their voices rang out with all the gusto of a Broadway performance. Kudos to the music director, Chris Raymond and composer Frank Wildhorn as well as the choreographing of Angela Todaro.
The youngest member of the troop, Kari Irwin, though only part of the ensemble, stood out with her enthusiasm for the part. Also in the cast are Nik Roybal, Rich Brunner, Elora Casados, Edgar Edgerley, Jason T. Gaffney, Maggie Hall, Michelle Holmes, Mookie Johnson, Paulina Lagudi, Ana Therese Lopez, Leslie Marrero, Victor Mercado, Randal Miles, Kevin Salvetti, Dan Spector and Scott Strauss.
Costumes (Brandy Jacobs,) Hair and Make Up (Paul LaMarche,) were striking and added greatly to the performance, as did the props (Dean Wright.)
The one glitch, especially during the first act, was that the audio was out of sync and often overwhelmed the vocals. However, when several guests mentioned this to the sound engineer, it was soon corrected and act two was infinitely better.
Directed by Marco Gomez, the play runs now through July 29th, 2012. Shows are Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets start at $10 for seniors and students and peak at $34.99 - the VIP treatment, which gives you specialty seating as well as additional refreshments. Parking is available down the street for $5.
Many shows are already sold out, so I urge you to call and make your reservations now at 323 802-4990 or go on line to www.domatheatre.com. The MET theatre is located at 1089 Oxford Ave, Los Angeles.