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TO MAY 28
If it were 45 minutes shorter, Georg Osterman’s drag-show spoof of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s horror-story novella might well shape up into the sort of campy hit Source had with its movie-genre parodies Psycho Beach Party and Red Scare on Sunset. As things now stand, however, the 140-minute epic is mostly notable for the manic energy Christopher Lane brings to the title role(s). The action has been moved from Victorian London to present-day Coxsackie, N.Y., where mild-mannered Jekyll is married to a bimbette who’s pursuing an opera career by matchbook correspondence course. One day, Jekyll stumbles on a potion that, when mixed with his maid’s all-but-undrinkable coffee, unleashes something he calls “Split Brain Syndrome” and turns him into a foul-mouthed stand-up comic at the Fruit Bowl Lounge. That’s where he meets Lily Gay (Jon Radulovic) and where various complications ensue, most of which would doubtless sound funnier in synopsis than they play in performance. The cast is competent, the production values acceptable, and Elizabeth Robelen’s staging about half as humorous as it should be. Lane’s version of the classic split-personality is something to see, though, as he whirls in circles on revolving bookcases and barstools, thrusts his pelvis ferally, and sniffs chairs as soon as they’re vacated by his beloved Lily. At 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; matinee 3 p.m. Sunday at the Source Theater, 1835 14th St. NW. $18-20. (202) 462-1073. (Bob Mondello)