Edgar Allan
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Edgar Allan NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(40 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (40)

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57 Reviews | 39 Followers
95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing, Funny

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. Read more

67 Reviews | 33 Followers
93
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fast-paced, Hilarious

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. Read more

302 Reviews | 99 Followers
92
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, 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. Read more

95 Reviews | 19 Followers
92
Great writing, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

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

216 Reviews | 58 Followers
92
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting

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. Read more

287 Reviews | 77 Followers
91
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Refreshing

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. Read more

148 Reviews | 10 Followers
91
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You want a clever theatrical show.

Don't see it if You want a show full of empty spectacle

775 Reviews | 246 Followers
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.

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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Blog Critics
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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