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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

Great singing, Slow, Disappointing, Banal, Great music

See it if You are a fan of Amy Beach and have yet to hear any or all of the pieces within. You want to see a great quintet play fabulous music.

Don't see it if You are looking for any new insight into Emily Dickinson's life, or Amy Beach's for that matter. You are expecting a narrative experience.

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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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