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The House on Poe Street

From 3 critic and 14 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

About the show

Yonder Window Theater Company presents this new piece where gothic ghosts encounter modern monstrosities when twin sisters inherit the house where Poe is reputed to have composed 'The Raven.' More…

'The House on Poe Street' reflects Poe's macabre spirit while exploring issues of gender parity, the presumptions of wealth, and the power of poetry to conjure spectral visions.

Times Square Chronicles

“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

Stage Buddy

"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

New York Theatre Wire

"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

Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

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..

Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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.

Hilarious, Dizzying, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

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.

Also The audience loved it the night I was there. The play presents a set o... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Exquisite, Delightful

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.

Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

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.

Clever, skillful, imaginative

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.

Also The play is like a parody of a Poe tale, with two female twins who hav... Read more Read less

Other-worldly, Hilarious, Funny, Profound, Great acting

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.

Also Eliza Shea is the clear standout star of the show. Her grace and comic... Read more Read less

Quirky, Edgy, Confusing

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.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you're interested in Edgar Allen Poe and want to see a creative story concerning him.

Don't see it if You want to see a cohesive, relevant, entertaining show.

Also After meeting the very talented and intelligent author of the play I h... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Ridiculous, Fluffy, Quirky, Campy

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.

Ambitious but counterproductive, Cartoony, noel coward-like humor and characters, Shallow, Ineffective

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

Also Scarily overrated. Has noble intentions of addressing timely issues in... Read more Read less

Controversial, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

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.

Ambitious, Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Interesting take on topical issues.

Don't see it if You are looking for something frothy, this is a bit deeper.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

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.

Cast & Creatives (15)