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The Pattern at Pendarvis

From 41 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Absorbing

About the show

A fictionalized look at the quiet life of Edgar Hellum, a closeted man in his nineties who did pioneering work in historic preservation in a small, mid-western town. More…

'The Pattern at Pendarvis' tells the story of a man who just happened to be gay in an era long before Stonewall and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." It deals with contemporary gay identity issues through the eyes of a man who spent his life in the closet.

Member Reviews (41)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Absorbing

Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating, Slow

See it if The leading actor and the actual story are terrific. This play is NOT. A One-man play would help and make a great night at the theater.

Don't see it if This play and its writing would have been considered edgy and acceptable in the 80s, but, in 2018, this feels utterly dated and forced.

Disappointing, Insipid, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in gay identity issues and can put up with the slow pace

Don't see it if if you are looking for a well developed script with broad appeal

Slow, Overrated, Different

See it if you want to pay homage to our gay forefathers.

Don't see it if you prefer something a bit more profound.

July 30th, 2018
"'The Pattern at Pendarvis' suffers from a certain awkwardness of construction, and, in its later passages, it doesn't entirely avoid the trap of preachiness, but Edgar is a fascinating character brought to life in all his evasive, cranky, poignant glory by Lawrence Merritt...To his credit, the d...
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July 21st, 2018
"Serene, absorbing, and concise...Gray infuses his straightforward 70-minute interview treatment with tension, suspense, and drama...He provides skillful exposition and while present at the discussion stuffily keeps trying to steer it away from personal disclosures. The dialogue is smooth, effici...
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July 22nd, 2018
“A sweet, sincere, but very small exploration of Midwestern mid-20th century life...What’s onstage...amounts to a snapshot—an intriguing snapshot, but one with a frustratingly blurry focus...To watch Merritt navigate Edgar’s rather complicated, detailed monologues is impressive and even inspiring...
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July 23rd, 2018
“An absorbing new play about queer culture keepers...The premise couldn’t be simpler...A slow burn of a play. The first half is relatively static and expository...Gray’s naturalistic dialogue and incremental storytelling holds our interest. It’s not until the final minutes that the play realizes ...
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