Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play – The Phoenix Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play at The Phoenix Theatre. Hilarious slapstick comedy. Great leading performance by Josiah C. Miller as both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. #theatre

Synopsis from the Theatre: ​Dr. Jekyll’s research finds him – as usual – investigating the split between good and evil in the human psyche. Of course, things get out of hand when he decides being evil might be more fun and recreational. This hilarious spoof of the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson will keep you in stitches as this fast-paced comedy takes the stage and is appropriate for all ages.

Reviewed Performance: 2/4/23 on opening weekend – Sorry for the late review. I’ve been busy with my dad in town.

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Recommendation: See it if you enjoy slapstick comedy. I usually do not but I still enjoyed the show.

Was This the First Time I Saw a Production of this Show: Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: Yes, if it was an Equity production

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4.25 Stars (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: None

Number of Actors: 10

Length (Including Any Intermission): 1 hour and 45 mins

Intermission: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Leading Actor: I was already excited to see Josiah C Miller because of his great performances in Chapter Two and Rocky Horror Show. In Chemical Imbalance, he commanded his portrayal of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a well-spoken, strongly-projected voice.
  • Cast Doubling: Obviously, cast doubling was involved between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There was also significant cast doubling between the good and evil identical twins Calliope and Penelope, both played by Julia Mounce. Both actors took on the challenge without using costume changes. The lisp was a clever way (or a crutch?) to help the audience distinguish when the actor was playing a good or evil character. If anything, I consider it a success when the audience is able to do this, regardless of the means … unless you use a big fat sign!
  • Favorite Scene: When a dinner party gradually and hilariously migrated to below the dinner table
  • Favorite Lines: “You have to marry and have children before your hair drops out” and “See about getting the carolers some table scraps from the kitchen. I do so like to support the arts.”


  • Punches and Kicks: Needs to be more realistic

Theatre Company: The Phoenix Theatre

Venue: The Phoenix Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020

Price: Cheap

Dates: February 3 – 26, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: Free and plentiful lot parking in adjacent lot

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@showsiveseen "Chemical Imbalance: A #Jekyll and #Hyde #Play" at the Phoenix Theatre. #Hilarious #slapstick #comedy. Great leading performance by Josiah C. Miller as both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Review: #theatre ♬ Bad Side – CRMNL

Plodgett Ingrid Sanai Buron
Lady Throckmortonshire Melanie Calderwood
Euphronia Jekyll Susan Connors
Ivy Kaira Hensler
Xavier & Police LieutenantBrandon Jepson
ConstableJames Lynch
Dr. Henry Jekyll & Mr. HydeJosiah C. Miller
Calliope & Penelope ThrockmortonshireJulia Mounce
Rosamunda Dewthistle Amanda Petrowski
Ambrosia Jekyll Mckenzie Wilson
PlaywrightLauren Wilson
Director Eric Lewis
Fight CoordinatorSam Graves
Technical Director Craig Marshall
Stage ManagerIan Wight
Costumer Elizabeth Shipman
Set Dresser Susan Connors
Set Design Eric Lewis & Craig Marshall
Set ConstructionEric Helland & Ian Wight
Board OperatorCraig Marshall

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