What happens when Mr. Hyde meets Tiny Alice? Audiences at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre will find out on Jan. 25, when Laila Robins and Bob Cuccioli open in a new production of Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra. Previews began Jan. 19.
Cuccioli, who stars as the sexually distracted war hero Antony, was, of course, the original star of Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway. Robins, who played the ultra-cool Alice in the 2000 Second Stage revival of Albee's Tiny Alice, is now Shakespeare's most fiery heroine, Cleopatra.
Robins must be a certified star to Twin Cities dwellers by now. The Guthrie has previously hosted her turns as Alma in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke and Hedda in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, giving the actress far better assignment that New York has.
Mark Lamos, who directed Tiny Alice, pilots Antony and Cleopatra. Performances continue to Feb. 24.
—By Robert Simonson