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Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson

From 25 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent, Intelligent

About the show

Through a pairing of her words with the music of renowned composer Amy Beach, Ensemble for the Romantic Century brings audiences on a journey into poet Emily Dickinson’s soul and inner world. More…

Emily Dickinson produced some of the most haunting and mysterious works of the 19th Century, but she was one of the most elusive artistic personalities. In Dickinson’s self-imposed solitude, she constructs a world of images, sensations, and emotions ruled by the breadth of her imagination. 

Member Reviews (25)


Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent, Intelligent

Indulgent, Slow, Enchanting

See it if you're a fan of Emily Dickinson's poetry. There's no real narrative here. It's mostly her recited poetry accompanied by classical music.

Don't see it if you prefer quick-paced shows with traditional narratives.

Beautiful chamber music, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you love chamber music, beautifully sung art songs, talented musicians.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fully realized theatrical production. The evening moves along very slowly and Page as Dickinson does not move me.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great music, Indulgent

See it if you love Emily Dickinson's poetry and Amy Beach's music. I was unfamiliar with the latter, but was so pleased to have an introduction.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for inflated use of projections and other gimmicks.

Also I would have enjoyed this so much more just listening to the music and... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are interested in Emily Dickinson's life and poetry, and would enjoy​ a string quartet and spoken word poetry combined.

Don't see it if you are hoping for a fully actualized plot, want to see a fully fleshed character interacting with others, and don't like mimes.

Also This is a narrative about Emily Dickinson's life with a single perform... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious, Pretentious high art

See it if You like high art and classical musical and singing in French and are a Dickinson fan

Don't see it if you like linear stories, are averse to pretentious presentations and affected performances

Disappointing, More music than play, Wonderful acting but too little of it

See it if You enjoy classical music with the poetry of Emily Dickinson--but not enough! (Why let projections tell the narrative instead of Emily??)

Don't see it if You don't like mostly well-played classical music with some of Emily's poems (but too little of her) and projections for the narrative.

Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you would like the opportunity to hear Amy Beach's music

Don't see it if you are expecting a coherent production.

Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy more cabaret-style shows that feature (mainly) one actress portraying a story. Also if you have an infatuation for ED.

Don't see it if You typically see traditional plays. I was disappointed that it was just a basic story told through song. I was hoping to be more invested.

During previews
For chamber music lovers, Distracting, Satisfying ending

See it if you’re looking forward to a music program of works by 19th c composer-prodigy, Amy Beach. Script arranged by a musicologist.

Don't see it if you hope the combo of artistic disciplines has a powerful effect, or for the show to make Dickinson at least as interesting as her poems.

Also Caters to chamber music aficionados and music theorists; less so to th... Read more Read less

During previews
Historical, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You like Emily Dickinson's work. Want to see an acrylic baby grand. You like a soprano soloist sprinkled in to your drama.

Don't see it if You like well paced theater. If you want to concentrate mostly on Ms. Dickenson's work.

Also I enjoyed the history, I enjoyed hearing Ms. Dickenson's poetry. I lik... Read more Read less

During previews
Uneven, diffuse, busy, melodious, civilized,

See it if Amy Beach's ravishing music and Emily Dickinson's hypnotic poetry get plenty of air time. The musicians are excellent.

Don't see it if The concept and staging are very busy such that the whole is less than the sum of its parts. The visuals undermine the music's impact.

Also The rationale for juxtaposing Beach and Dickinson did not ultimately p... Read more Read less

October 3rd, 2018
“Page’s Emily may be the most flamboyantly unhappy version to date...The context for this characterization is both copious and inadequate...Like most offerings from the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, this one is multidisciplinary, blending words with music and elaborate visuals...Here the var...
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October 1st, 2018
"The Ensemble for the Romantic Century has made the inspired choice of pairing a staging of Dickinson’s poems and letters, read by Angelica Page, with a chamber-music performance...Directed by Donald T. Sanders, the production includes some unnecessary elements that often undermine the urgency of...
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October 1st, 2018
“Essentially a solo show, with Page delivering Dickinson's words to us in the nonmusical portions. She does so in a manner that seemed excessively affected in the first half...Like she hadn't yet fully learned the part...One will still come away...feeling both awed by the musical and literary bea...
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September 28th, 2018
"Altogether lovely, thanks to Angelica Page's assured performance as Dickinson, soprano Kristina Bachrach's crystalline singing, and beautiful renditions by a five-piece chamber group...An enchantingly artistic endeavor, carefully constructed by writer James Melo, and beautifully performed under ...
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