This period drama asks what happens when darkly brilliant minds and passionate souls like Mary Shelley, Byron, Claire Clairmont, Dr. John Polidori, and Percy Bysshe Shelley spend the night together? More…
From the show:
In the year without summer, 1816, the poet Lord Byron is joined by an intimate circle of friends consisting of Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, her sister Claire, and Byron's personal doctor John Polidori. During their confinement in this Swiss mansion, the characters' massive emotions and intellects collide to produce legendary poetry, literature, conflict, catharsis, and discovery.
All performances are suggested donation.
Seating is extremely limited, suggested donation is $35 to reserve ahead of time and guarantee a seat.
*Venue is up a flight of stairs.*
See it if You like very intimate settings, this is presented in a fabulous old brownstone in Chelsea. Great costumes. Clever, out of the box story.
Don't see it if You want an easy to follow and clear play. This has its moments but it’s a mash up of too many styles(not done well enough)to be successful.
See it if an interesting, off-beat meeting of these historical characters in a period parlor, played by good actors, with good lighting is your thing.
Don't see it if you are not familiar with the characters or you would be bothered by missing words as actors face different directions over the low hum a/c
See it if sexually fraught Victoriana gladdens your heart. Depicts conception of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein during a debauched lakeside weekend
Don't see it if clarity is important to you. Play falls somewhere between dance and poetry as far as information is concerned. Folding chairs, bring pillow!
See it if In-the-living-room play about Mary Shelley, husband Percy, step-sister Claire, her lover Lord Byron and his doctor. Scalding creative drama
Don't see it if Learned a lot about Claire and Dr. Polidori. Drug and alcohol abuse. I loved the intimate setting, but may be uncomfortable for some.
See it if You dont mind ear splitting delivery in a small crowded room. There were glimmers of information about the subject matter. not enough.
Don't see it if This is a 'toothsome' subject with multiple POV to explore. There is no depth to the information nor are relationships adequately explained
See it if you want to see a show deconstructing the myths about 18th and 19th century salons you learned in HS.
Don't see it if you want a realistic conclusion. Kee's script abandons the world he depicts in the last scenes to "redeem" his characters.
See it if you like out of the norm theater experiences. The actors in this production is what makes it so interesting.
Don't see it if you like standard fare. This is certainly not that.
See it if you must see all things Shelley/Byron related;want to support a company w/new works; you'd like the chance to see Rip Torn'& G Page's home.
Don't see it if you feel plays about real people should be at least somewhat accurate; you want to be able to hear every word said; you prefer good acting.
See it if Byron, Shelley, Polidori cause such palpitations that you'd attend any event that invokes them; you'll need to bring foreknowledge
Don't see it if expecting any insight beyond romantic undergrad adulation of these figures; you need consistent AC in the summer heat; mumbling actors
See it if you enjoy in-you-face theater, you like alcoholic drug addicted polymorphous perverse characters, you don't care when lines are inaudible
Don't see it if you value your time, you don't mind when actors mumble,
See it if You enjoy fun dramatic literary characters stories. It was innovative and fun!
Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play.
See it if You care about Mary Shelley and her family, and enjoy emotions and intellect
Don't see it if You do not like small, spaces and plays set in the 1800"s
See it if You enjoy seeing the drug-induced sex lives of some of the romantic writers. Fun to imagine how Mary Shelley wrote her famous novel.
Don't see it if You know nothing about literature.
See it if You're interested in an uber literate play that explores the roles of women in among the 19th century "enlightened" classes
Don't see it if You don't know who Mary Wollstonecraft was, you don't get 19th century literary references, you expect a show about Frankenstein
See it if you happen to be fond of these authors and are interested in an interesting staging.
Don't see it if it is very hot weather (the A/C gets covered by the curtains occasionally), you want to see good acting, and don't have the patience.
See it if You are open to seeing a play within an historic townhouse living room, a period piece well written and staged, with talented actors.
Don't see it if You prefer a play on a stage with distance from the action.
Also A magical evening.
See it if You are attracted to plays that are based on historical literary people and interesting premises. Thinking person's theater is chancy.
Don't see it if You are not adventurous in your theater-going habits. With interesting conceits sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. This was a lose.
See it if you want an in-your-face and at times intense re-imagining of literary romantics going at it... literally.
Don't see it if you want to learn much at all about how intense, literary intellectuals apply their hyper-charged passions to create something beautiful.
See it if You are a fan of historical literature and want a different, creative experience.
Don't see it if You are expecting a typical show, or even a typical theater. There are 20 seats around someone's livingroom.
See it if You'd like a (very) dramatic show about the famous author, staged in an intimate setting with great lighting and unconventional staging.
Don't see it if You don't like melodramatic acting or raunchy humor, or if you don't want to see a period piece with modern music and dance.
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