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Edgar Allan

Members say: Clever, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny
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Members
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38 reviews
 

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: The Coldharts present this dark musical comedy inspired by the childhood and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

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'Edgar Allan' follows 11-year-old Poe in his first year at Manor House School, as he seeks to gain academic ascendancy over the student body. All goes according to plan until another boy named Edgar Allan arrives in class, which complicates his schemes of dominance. 'Edgar Allan' is a darkly comedic and musical riff on the obsessions, mania, and insanity that haunted the life and work of America's first professional writer.

 

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Reviews (43)

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84
Avg Score

80
BlogCritics.org

"A unique show...Humor in the song lyrics presents the conflict between the two Edgar Allans...Fantastically drawn dynamics between them whisper a dim future for both. Cryptic undercurrents of danger forward the action. Thematic threads of sorrow, loss, and injustice propel the story...If you enjoy merriment and dark farce, see it." Full Review

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Stage Buddy

"A perfect piece of dark comedy...By turns adorable and terrifying, but always manic, Hartman gives a captivating performance as young Edgar Allan. Meanwhile, as the other Edgar Allan, Nick Ryan turns out a performance that is hilarious in all the best ways possible...'Edgar Allan' is what you get when you turn out a script so proficiently written it seems like a playwriting miracle, then put it in the mouths of two darkly funny yet fascinating characters played by a pair of crazy good actors." Full Review

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Orlando Sentinel

for a previous production “A devilishly delightful show…Despite all the dark shadows, ‘Edgar Allan’ has a pleasing lightness -- frequent laughs add shading to the gloom, and musical interludes add spice to this tasty brew. Hartman plays the ukelele in an inspired touch, and has a lovely singing voice. Young Edgar fancies himself ‘remarkable.’ This atmospheric, highly entertaining show is exactly that." Full Review

80
Orlando Weekly

for a previous production “Hartman's powerfully piercing voice is haunting, and with their convoluted physicality, the duo looks like Edward Gorey illustrations brought to life. Don't miss this creepy, quirky charmer about friendship and murder among tweens, because ‘everything fun is a little bit dangerous.’” Full Review

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Edmonton Journal

for a previous production “A triumph of storytelling with desperate songs and acting as ferocious as the twisted soul of social media, the play’s titular character is played as a bubbling spring of venom by Katie Hartman…The subtle question hanging like a wet spider in the corner: Is the second Edgar even real? It’s just one of this humble masterpiece’s charms…‘Edgar Allan’ is a perfect Fringe play, really. Clever, weird, moving and gorgeous on the ears, just a total delight to witness again. Go.” Full Review

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83
Avg Score

59
Boring, Disappointing, Overrated, Painful

See it if you like to hear someone screeching...

Don't see it if you want a story with a plot...

65
Quirky, Overrated, Silly, Has some "moments"

See it if you're a die-hard EAP fan (I am) and simply must see anything & everything related to his life and works; like attending Fringe plays (I do)

Don't see it if the sound of a screeching 12 year old (Edgar #1) would grate on you; prefer your Poe straightforward

Also The whispering Edgar #2 was much more appealing to me than the protago... Read more Read less

93
Funny, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fast-paced

See it if You want to see something utterly different and completely delightful, yet dark and disturbing.

Don't see it if You aren't into fringe festivals or prefer to sit in large glamorous theatres.

Also I've been running down to Soho's Playhouse every chance I get to atten... Read more Read less

91
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see 2 actors perform their take on the early life of Poe. They did an amazing job. You don't have to be a Poe fan to enjoy this.

Don't see it if you are not open minded to 2 person plays. I recommend just reading a quick bio of Edgar Allan to have a slight idea what you are in for.

Also Really enjoying this one. The actors were incredible, from singing, pl... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if If you are a Poe fan and like original takes

Don't see it if Like big productions with lotsa sets, costume, lighting etc.

92
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a clever, quirky look at Poe as a possible 11yr old too-clever-for-his-own-good. Katie as young Edgar was hilarious.

Don't see it if you don't like funny, macabre plays with minimal cast (2) and staging. Oh, and there's a ukulele.

Also Keep an eye out for all the subtle Poe references. If you're a fan of ... Read more Read less

92
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy new concepts and innovative story lines with a small cast. Excellent writing, performances and staging.

Don't see it if You want bright lights and big book musicals

81
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You love anything about Edgar Allan Poe, and like enthusiastic, well-acted productions.

Don't see it if You don't like minimal productions or can't deal with plots that have a few holes in them.

70
Clever, Quirky, Overrated

See it if You’d like a farcical treatment of obsession, narcissism, subconscious self-love/self-hate, & alter egos. Emphasis on farce.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something that treats those topics a little more seriously, or something genuinely spooky.

Also This fusion of Poe fiction & nonfiction is a cool idea, but I would ha... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy offbeat character centered theater with charming songs.

Don't see it if you require a lot of plot. This is a fast paced hour's entertainment.

90
Dizzying, Edgy, Enchanting, Quirky, Sinister

See it if Smirky, theatrical rendition of E.A. Poe as a kid in boarding school. Plays with your moral compass. Wonderful music.

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy. You don't care for the point of view of a mischievous, lonely, egotistical child.

90
Creative, Delightful, Well-performed, Very entertaining, Quirky and fun

See it if You love small, experimental theater where everyone is willing to take risks and the actors perform their hearts out.

Don't see it if You don't want non-trad theater, tiny productions, anything weird, creepy or darkly funny. I loved every minute of this.

Also Saw this as part of the Fringe Encore Series at Soho Playhouse, late S... Read more Read less

60
Clever, Quirky, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You liked Tiny Tim.

Don't see it if If you can find something else. Very overrated!

79
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like dark comedies & superb acting w/minimal staging. This 2-hander delivers a subtle punch. Catch it before it's gone.

Don't see it if You don't like ukuleles, or you expect an intricate biographical tale about EAP. This is a fanciful dark comedy w/music. Weird but super fun

92
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if want a glimpse of what Poe might have been like in boarding school - played out in a memorable way with humor and great acting. Great fun!

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious biographical play; prefer larger venues.

Also I love plays that make me laugh out loud as this one did. The acting, ... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy EAP's stories and want to see that type of creepy on stage. Interesting music, creepy characters, and funny. A little over the top

Don't see it if Poor lighting is a problem, half the time the actors were poorly lit. It was sometimes a little over the top, maybe for comedic effect?

85
Enchanting, Inventive, Refreshing

See it if A gothic Poe-like tale about Poe himself (sort of) Atmospheric,funny & poetic all at once.Great music too w/ lyrics lifted from Poe writings

Don't see it if You're expecting biographical material. This is a piece of interesting psychological fiction in the vein of a Poe story.

80
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining, Creepy

See it if You like new twists on familiar ideas. Done very well. Both actors did a great job. Costumes and lighting very nice.

Don't see it if If you don’t want your classics messed with. This takes some liberties with who the author thinks Edgar Allen might have been.

90
Clever, Quirky, Mysterious, Continuously surprisingly inventive, Great character work

See it if a 2 hander suggested by the young Edgar Allen Poe's life that includes a ukulele and enough quirk 2 fill a mausoleum intrigues you

Don't see it if expansive imagination and inventive staging, music, text & character work are not enough to engage you for 60 minutes

84
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want an imaginative story about Poe as a tween. You're familiar w/Poe's writing. You want great facial expressions-hilarious!

Don't see it if You prefer to see a biography play about Poe. You don't like gothic stories. You dislike ukeleles.

88
Clever, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of Edgar Allen Poe. It may pique your interest and make you want to learn more about the man.

Don't see it if You want a big production. This two-person show is created by people whose passion for theatre shines through.

79
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy intimate bare bones theater, want to see actors who are well focused and talented and believe in their work.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional Broadway musical with a large cast, want an in depth bio of Poe's life or expect a lot of reference to his work

Also I got tickets for my friend who loves E.A.Poe,. We didn't know what to... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like offbeat quirky entertaining and interesting musical theater.

Don't see it if you don't like weird and funny theater.

95
Funny, Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You like small fringe shows that feature intelligent writing and acting. You are an Edgar Allan Poe.

Don't see it if You want a big show. You want a splashy musical. You don't like Poe.

Also The show was terrific. Only about an hour long. Very clever, intellige... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like creative, somewhat dark play about teens

Don't see it if You want big production values and happy endings