“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”; Last Day for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (CPs Sun., 11/9/14)

1) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—a new theatrical adaptation of the old classic—is finishing its world-premiere run today. The story speaks to the split personality in each of us, to the ongoing inner war between noble and wicked impulses. It’s also a darn good suspense yarn, which helps explain why Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been popular ever since Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella appeared in 1886. The new dramatization, written by Bruce Hall, is presented by Pittsburgh’s Prime Stage Theatre CompanyAndrew Miller plays Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. 2:30 p.m. New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side.

2) Clowns, elephants, tigers, horses, hoops, trapeze artists, acrobats, unicyclists, a ringmaster, and three rings add up to the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has pulled into town, performing the latest version of the troupe’s classic circus, “Built to Amaze!” Today is the last day for the show and your last chance to run away with the circus. 1 and 5 p.m. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

3) The new Bill Murray movie St. Vincent, which opened recently, features a young boy named Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) who’s lost his father and starts hanging out with the foul-mouthed, substance-abusing crank next door. Life lessons aplenty will no doubt be learned along the way. Starring Murray as the crackpot, with Melissa McCarthyNaomi Watts, and Chris O’Dowd. Check Fandango for local theaters and times.


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