Darkness, corpses, catacombs, and cats: acquire to a universe of Edgar Allan Poe. His stories consolidate a suggestion of Halloween, that is because it’s wise that We Happy Few is behaving his communication and poetry now.
While We Happy Few’s A Midnight Dreary is an interesting riot, it also keeps loyal to a scary atmosphere of quintessential Poe. Sure, a association emphasizes nonsensical elements of his stories, though not though a kind of creepiness that induces knots in a stomach.
Three actors dressed as Edgar Allan Poe (Kerry McGee, Jon Reynolds, and Alex Turner) perform 3 tales as assembly members mount in a center of a Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s black box and attend in a show. we brought a messenger who customarily despises assembly participation, though a actors’ enterprising suggestion was so spreading that even he enjoyed partaking in a performance. With cobwebs, skeletons, and severed mannequin heads placed around a room, it’s something same to those condemned tours people can take around a DMV.
A Midnight Dreary
closes Nov 10, 2018
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It’s value mentioning that a 3 Poes palm out fruity cocktails during A Midnight Dreary (mine was so juicy that we drank another when they offering refills). They inspire viewers to suffer themselves, to applaud a writer’s disfigured imagination.
I was fearful mixing Edgar Allan Poe with jokes would outcome in half-baked comedy that disrupts a dark of his stories, though We Happy Few treats a tales well. McGee, Reynolds, and Turner poke fun during a lighter facets of “The Masque of a Red Death,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” They ridicule celebration enlightenment during Prince Prospero’s cover-up ball. They puncture into Fortunato’s people-pleasing friendliness. And Reynolds, who plays The Tell-Tale Heart’s narrator, humorously taps into a character’s narcissism.
The association tender me with their transitions from silly to dreary. In one impulse a assembly was shouting during McGee’s “sweet aged man” voice during “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and in another, a vibe incited moving as McGee, eyes far-reaching and brows furrowed, showed a aged man’s fear.
We Happy Few’s use of sound combined to a Poeness of it all. The actors took turns encircling their fingers along a rims of booze glasses, formulating bright groan that strong horrifying points of a show. And afterwards there was a violence of a drum, that done ideal heartbeats for “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
A Midnight Dreary is a good approach to revelry in a spookiness (and yes, even humor) of an Edgar Allan Poe story.
A Midnight Dreary Adapted from a works of Edgar Allan Poe. Directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff. Featuring Kerry McGee, Jon Reynolds, and Alex Turner. Devised by Raven Bonniwell, Kerry McGee, Kiernan McGowan, Jon Reynolds, and Bridget Grace Sheaff. Stage manager: Sam Reilly. Lighting design: Dan Smeriglio. Costume supervisor: Paige O’Malley. Production manager, designer, producer: Kerry McGee and Jon Reynolds. Dramaturg: Keith Hock. Artistic executive of melodramatic experiences: Kerry McGee. Executive artistic director: Raven Bonniwell. Presented by We Happy Few. Reviewed by Emily Priborkin.