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Before Robert Louis Stevenson penned one of his most famous works, we were supposed to know right from wrong by way of two voices. There was the little demon on the left shoulder or the little angel on the right. With this logic, we were always in control of our actions, able to choose good over evil. Well, ain’t that the short end of the stick? Then in 1866, when Stevenson wrote The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, this good-versus-evil battle within ourselves became way cooler. Now, we could blame split personalities for any ethical or moral transgressions! Dr. Jekyll may have been a mean guy, but after drinking a potion of his own creation, he turned even meaner — he turned into Mr. Hyde and, entertainment-wise, became far more interesting. The famous story, adapted by Lauren Wilson into a comedic horror stage show titled Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play, is performed today at 2 p.m. and runs until February 7 at the Caldwell Theatre (7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton). This is the rare chance when laughing at a person with split personalities is the morally right choice. Tickets cost $34 to $55, $10 for students. Call 561-241-7432, or visit
Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 3. Continues through Feb. 7, 2010

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