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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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!
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 👻
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
See it if You want to see a talented, versatile actor perform the work of a master writer while supporting a threatened New York historical building.
Don't see it if You don't want to sit in tight, uncomfortable chairs while listening to a dramatic recitation of Poe.