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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.