Jekyll & Hyde
Tevye Ditter gives an incredible performance; his Henry Jekyll is earnest and ethical (if a bit obsessive), while Edward Hyde is darkly malevolent—a change accomplished entirely with the use of Ditter’s voice and acting skills. Amber Jean Moore adds a strain of vulnerability to the streetwise and brassy Lucy, and her duet with Norma-Jean Russell (as Emma, Jekyll’s fiancée) fully showcases the differences between the characters. Jekyll and Hyde is how community theater ought to work: with a well-conducted in-house orchestra and players that are enthusiastic, with vocal performances worthy of a better sound system.
Runaway Stage Productions, the 24th Street Theatre at Sierra 2 Community Center; 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; $12-$18. 2791 24th St., (916) 207-1226. www.runawaystage.com. Through November 25.