Ends Nov 03 | East Village

Killing An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

From 33 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

About the show

Summoners Ensemble Theatre presents a return engagement of this solo performance of three of Poe's thrilling tales, "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Raven." More…

In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe lived on Amity Street (now W. 3rd St) just blocks from the Merchant's House. His publication of "The Raven" had brought him instant fame and invitations to the city's most fashionable literary salons. Join John Kevin Jones ("A Christmas Carol") as the great master of terror in the Tredwell's candlelit double parlor for this bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession and premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark.


Member Reviews (33)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
87
Avg Score

74
Time travel to mid-1800s, Dark tales, Fabulous setting, Strong acting, Absorbing

See it if you're a Poe fan...or fan of psych'gical thrillers. Strg acting in old-fash'ed, melodramatic style. Gr intimate setting. Victorian splendor.

Don't see it if you dislike horror (Pit &P is too much). My 19 yo nephew didn't enjoy it, but I did. Sm chairs. Poe lived nearby. Memorable.

88
Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Three stories by Poe that are well acted in a beautiful location for it. The Raven ends the show. If you love Poe.

Don't see it if If you dont like Poe or prefer a bigger venue.

81
Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Three creepy Poe classics & one epic poem brought to thrilling life by John Kevin Jones Consummate command of language, pacing & performance

Don't see it if Set in the landmark Merchant's House tiny parlor room, it's somewhat claustrophobic but works well esp for The Tell-Tale Heart & The Raven

87
Quirky, Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want storytelling as it was in the 19th century in a 19th century house. You enjoy intimate staging. You like gothic writing.

Don't see it if You prefer more contemporary writing. You dislike gothic tales. You want modern horror stories. You prefer a more traditional theater space.

93
Intimate, Masterful, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if for the extraordinary experience! Old Merchant's House Museum is an inspired location for John Kevins Jones' inhabitation of Poe's stories.

Don't see it if sitting within steps of the performer discomforts you.

100
Unique, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You want to experience a great storytelling of Poe's in a beautiful haunted house call The Merchant House. That has a lot of NYC History.

Don't see it if You have to walk down a few stair and after that walk up a stairs.

Also The Merchant House is set in Death and Mourning. They have a coffin se... Read more Read less

80
Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Animated Poe devotee shares three shorts and "The Raven" for approximately thirty in a parlour funereal setting with lily-strewn coffin.

Don't see it if Tight quatres of seven rows and you might be requested to stow your articles. Auditory cues could have been better.

Also "You fancy me mad? Madmen know nothing."

85
Clever, Absorbing

See it if Explore the historic Merchant's Museum from the 1820s, hear stories from docents & watch the 4 short Poe stories. Take pix in the rooms too!

Don't see it if Temperature was extremely hot inside. But 80 minutes flies by, staff is great & they answer any historic questions you have!

85
Animated, Great writing, Delightful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Jones expertly measures the prose & uncoils the suspense. Auditory performance as psychologically forceful as the physical performance.

Don't see it if want a reinvention of Poe (as if he needs one); have no affinity for Gothic fiction or multifarious textures of terror. House is haunted 👻

Also 1800’s-style entertainment in an ideal, site-specific setting that evo... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Great staging, Clever

See it if you enjoy EAP stories performed in a creative setting with excellent spooky/creepy atmosphere! Excellent actor brings EAP to life :)

Don't see it if You don't enjoy solo shows or dark subject matter.

Also Highly recommend this evening experiencing Poe's stories come to life.... Read more Read less

93
Must see, Great writing, Classic, Entertaining

See it if you want to see how 19th century authors, unprotected by copyrights, made their living.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the history of theater and literary classics

Also John Kevin Jones channels Poe letting the audience see how a 19th cent... Read more Read less

84
Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Edgar Allan Poe readings. The actor was great. Story telling was riveting.

Don't see it if You do not like morbid themes or stories.

100
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want to enjoy EA Poe stories being brought to life by a skilled and animated performer

Don't see it if you don't enjoy solo performances in a small, warm authentic 19th century parlor. Will have trouble w/stairs & turns in an old NYC building

Also This was an extremely well done performance by John Kevin Jones of 4 o... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an excellent & versatile actor inhabit the stories of Edgar Allan Poe in an extremely intimate setting. Very special.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person events, don't like Poe, & want spectacle. This is stripped down & intimate, but very rewarding.

90
Delightful, Great writing, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if this performance gives great insight to Poe's ability to wow you with a story. John Kevin Jones brings 3 great Poe stories to life.

Don't see it if If a one actor show is not for you. No bells and whistle just pure wonderful acting in a historic haunted house.

79
Great “ location “, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if If you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and his gothic writing. The acting is excellent and the Merchant’s house itself is the perfect location

Don't see it if If you want to see a more “ traditional “ play or if listening to XIX century short stories/poems is not exactly your cup of tea.

99
Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You have any interest in Edgar Allen Poe. The 1842 Merchant’s House is an ideal venue for this wonderful performance.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Poe

95
Intense, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if tHE PERFORMER DOES 3 EDGAR ALLEN STORIES AND BRINGS THEM TO LIFE

Don't see it if If you want a regular play

85
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if into 19th-century stories

Don't see it if avoiding solo storytelling

Also The talented Mr. Jones brings 4 Poe's tales to life in a period-approp... Read more Read less

73
Spooooooky, Unique, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like poe, and are interested in an excellent presentation of his work

Don't see it if you don't like poe, or you dont like talking about death

90
Masterful, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some of Poe's classics riveting brought to life in a perfect early 19th century setting by a master performer.

Don't see it if your intent is to see a Broadway show.

79
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if one-man dramatic performance of Poe stories & poetry in a historic setting sounds appealing

Don't see it if you're looking for something with a full cast, you don't like Poe's creepiness, you're looking for something fully naturalistic

Also The night I saw this show was quite warm (70-something degrees out, 80... Read more Read less

74
Intimate

See it if You enjoy the works of Edgar Allan Poe, want to visit a historical place

Don't see it if You don't care for solos, or are in the mood for something more extravagant

Also The venue is beautiful, intimate experience

75
Great acting, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if atmospheric and well acted delivery of some of EAP greatest hits, beautiful period setting; dedicated performance

Don't see it if don't like monologue performance

94
Great writing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear eerie, haunting tales! Gain new appreciation for stories you may have read long ago.

Don't see it if you can't climb the staircase, you might be claustrophobic - setting is intimate and close. If you don't appreciate a one-man show.

Also Three stories and a poem, well-declaimed, very riveting. Merchants hou... Read more Read less


October 25th, 2018
“A terrific Halloween treat...The intimacy of the Merchant's House parlor allows the creepy tension of pieces to be performed with subtlety, with Jones' rich voice embracing the storyteller's vivid descriptions...The final piece provides a change of pace. ‘The Raven’ is recited in a more traditio...
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October 15th, 2018
"Jones is bringing Edgar Allan Poe's works vibrantly alive...First up on the program was 'The Tell -Tale Heart'...If the first story seemed the personification of horror, the next one, 'The Cask of the Amontillado,' is a close cousin...He infuses fresh emotional energy into Poe's language with hi...
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October 14th, 2018
"A one-man, pre-Halloween tour de force...In 'The Cask of Amontillado'...Jones slips effectively into this character, in spirit bringing the audience along with him into the dank cellar...Jones closes the show with 'The Raven'...The rendition he delivers mesmerized the opening night audience with...
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