THEATER: Edgar Allan Poe’s Life and Death on Stage at the Unicorn [Berkshire on Stage]

October 6th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
The cast of “Poe” – a world premiere written and directed by Eric Hill at the Unicorn Theatre. (photo: Christina Riley)

The cast of “Poe” – a world premiere written and directed by Eric Hill at the Unicorn Theatre (photo: Christina Riley)

Theater review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: We’re just weeks away from Halloween, and as if to set the mood for an evening with Poe we had a wonderfully spooky ride through darkness, rain, and fog as we made our way to the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Poe is a new work, getting its world premiere by the Berkshire Theatre Group.

With all the movies featuring grunting zombies, slashers and hauntings constantly being offered to us via Netflix and the local multiplex, one might wonder whether the world has forgotten one of the pioneers of horror, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). All you need to do is listen to Kate Maguire recite “The Tell Tale Heart” in this play to remember how penetrating true horror can be. She’s doing exactly that in the photo above, with David Adkins (far left), as Poe, listening raptly.

Gail M. Burns: Even though I am not a fan of Poe, or of the horror genre in general, I recognize him as an extraordinary writer – one of the first Americans ever to attempt to earn his living solely by his pen. If he had been a sober and careful steward of his finances, that plan might have worked out better than it did…

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Eric Hill Directs “Poe” as Kate Maguire Returns to Stage with David Adkins for a World Premiere [Berkshire on Stage]

October 2nd, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara

POE at Berkshire Theatre Group

Just reading a story by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) out loud to friends is enough to send chills down the spine. The briliance of Poe seems to literally jump off the page and into our imagination in a way few other writers have ever achieved. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story.

So it comes as exciting news that the Berkshire Theatre Group will be staging Poe, a world premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Opening night is Saturday (October 4) at 8pm. Preview performances begin on tonight (Thursday, October 2) at 7pm and the production closes on Sunday, October 26 at 2pm.

And as you might expect of Poe, this new work based on his writing has more than a couple of surprises up its own sleeve. For one, a rare appearance by Kate Maguire on stage as Mrs. O’Donnell. The longtime BTG alum, David Adkins returns to take the title role as the literary great and masterful wordsmith Edgar Allan Poe. Perfect for the autumnal Halloween season of October, the poetic and macabre tales of terror come to life in a brilliant reflection of Poe written and directed by Eric Hill.

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