"A tricky piece of work, living somewhere between black and romantic comedy...The strength of the play lies in the biological science that it begins to examine...The playwright has a wonderful facility with Poe's work...This work has merit, but perhaps in another incarnation the playwright might strive to create more compassion for the characters...Smooth direction and excellent set design helped us digest the evening's more sombre overtones with relish and delight." Full Review
“A delightful production...While the finer points of the story are dubious, the show is beautiful, engaging, and strange...Gael crafts an intriguing story and impeccable dialogue, however, most of the play is exposition...I rather enjoyed the story and the performance, yet I find a bizarre irony in the fact that a story about two very strong female characters surrounded by subpar characters is told from the perspective of a two-dimensional male character.” Full Review
"The medium (Laura Johnston), an intriguing mixture of fringe occult with pragmatism, is a hoot...The songs are lovely. Director Katie McHugh had fun with the silences, with actors who open their eyes wide with surprise, go into violent spasms of spiritual possession, or cross their legs in unison. The pace was lively, the segues between direct address and perky dialogue were seamless. But the casting was curious and uneven, a disappointment in New York with its large pool of talent." Full Review
See it if You are a fan of Poe and productions with a supernatural overtone, and are willing to suspend reality for a very offbeat plot.
Don't see it if You prefer more realistic productions and would not appreciate an unusual plot.
See it if a superficial treatment of gender & class issues makes you feel superior for being able to chuckle off obviously simplistic arguments
Don't see it if you recognize a straw man fallacy when you see one
See it if Some fun campy scenes by the attractive but devious sisters and the spirit medium. Good songs.
Don't see it if Holy hormones Batman! So silly it was like a cartoon. Dull anti-capitalist sentiment. Pseudo-scientific paranormal drivel. Awful dialog.
See it if you’d like an amusing, well-done production where the ghost of Poe, his wife, and the raven hover over the proceedings.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy Gothic stories with improbabilities or tales by Poe.
See it if You want to see some excellent actors, a wonderful play that captures today's times and social issues brilliantly. Clever songs too!
Don't see it if No reason not to see..
See it if You enjoy theatre that explores abnormal subjects and unique characters that draw you in from the very beginning. Also amazing actors.
Don't see it if You only prefer traditional theatre. Also if you're emotionally triggered by ghosts or Edgar Allan Poe, this isn't the best show for you.
See it if you like intelligent writing, delightfully wacky twins, Edgar Allan Poe, + Gothic ghosts. Fantastical fun with serious issues.
Don't see it if you want your plays strictly realistic and you don't appreciate having fun with political and social issues.
See it if you want to see an engaging, fresh tale set in a gothic house. The script is very smart, design elements, cast and direction are top notch.
Don't see it if You don't like theatre that's a bit dark.
See it if You want to enjoy two sumptuous female characters who are the most likeable villains I have seen in years. Like delicious language.
Don't see it if You don't like to be challenged with a script that twists perceptions of good and if you want a clear protagonist. There is nuance to this.
See it if You like gothic themed plays that utilize the narrator to connect to the audience. See it if you love a fiery comic duo/ set of twins.
Don't see it if You like well fleshed out plays that have a sense of climax or build. If you don't like gothic plays w/ poetry this isn't the play for you.
See it if You like a good comedy with issues combined. Perfect Halloween fare, with a bit of feminism on the side. Poe's famous poems well musicalized
Don't see it if You can't go with wacky dialogue and a potentially sci-fi premise that brings to light the role of women in a male dominated world.
See it if You enjoy a well-written sci-fi theme focused on contemporary issues of sexuality with first-rate acting and staging in an intimate setting.
Don't see it if You prefer bland or simplistic story lines or don't want to be provoked.
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