Edgar Allan
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Edgar Allan NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(40 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
10%
Negative
0%
Members say
Clever, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (40)

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Clever, Entertaining, Creepy, Intelligent, Quirky

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
Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Enchanting, 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.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing, Intelligent

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.

84
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent

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.

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

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. Read more

70
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Edgy, Quirky

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?

90
Quirky, Clever, 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

60
Clever, Quirky, Slow, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You liked Tiny Tim.

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

Critic Reviews (5)

Stage Buddy
September 25th, 2017

"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."
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BlogCritics.org
September 25th, 2017

"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."
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Orlando Sentinel
May 19th, 2016
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."
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Orlando Weekly
May 19th, 2016
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.’”
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Edmonton Journal
August 20th, 2017
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.”
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