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‘Dusk with Edgar Allan Poe’ is a comfy night of horror at StageCoach Theatre

4 of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales that he himself thought to be amongst his finest—”The Raven,” “The Fall of the Home of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Inform-Story Coronary heart”—have been dropped at life in a extremely theatrical adaptation by StageCoach Theatre Firm. Directed by Kat Brais and written by Eric Coble, Dusk with Edgar Allan Poe, is a well-staged temper setter for the Halloween season.

Poe was a wild little one, and he bought round: Boston, Baltimore, Richmond, and the Bronx. Poe, a poet, brief story author, editor, and literary critic, is understood for his poetry and brief tales with horror and suspense themes. Poe is a big in American Romanticist literature. He even contributed to the science fiction style and is credited with creating the detective fiction subgenre.

(From left: ) Michael Sherman, Scott J. Strasbaugh, and Heidi Dodd in ‘Dusk with Edgar Allan Poe.’ Picture by Kat Brais.

The staging of “The Raven” was a triumph of Poe’s phrases, Brais’ route, and Scott J. Strasbaugh’s performing. It was all there in Strasbaugh’s efficiency: the angst, the sorrow, and the lovelornness of Poe. Brais, who did wigs and make-up, put a formidable, black wig on Strasbaugh.

Although he had one repeated line, Justin Meyer, clad in a black gown and hawk-nosed masks, was ominous because the titular Raven. This present was Meyer’s StageCoach debut. Costume Designer Kathy Dunlap set an ominous tone with Meyer’s gown and masks.  Heidi Dodd wordlessly performed the tragic lover Lenore. Dodd began with StageCoach’s youth program in 2019.

Allan McRae introduced gloom and terror to the tragic “The Fall of the Home of Usher” as Roderick Usher.  Michael Sherman (beforehand seen in StageCoach’s Exit Stage Demise and Useless Man’s Cell Telephone) performed the narrator who visits the boyhood residence of his previous buddy Roderick Usher, on a depressing day. Fred Muller and Smith created a very well-done particular impact of rain and wind coming via a door, utilizing a gush of air and droplets of water. The actors performed Poe’s scenes and Smith’s adaptation straight, however Twenty first-century sensibilities made the viewers snigger in sudden locations.

Meyer, positioned on a picket desk that was inclined towards the viewers, introduced a way of dread to “The Pit and the Pendulum,” which concerned a demise row prisoner being tortured throughout the Inquisition within the sixteenth century. April Bridgeman created props that mimicked rats, by utilizing crimson lights that served as eyes that peaked underneath partitions.

Heidi Dodd (on mattress), Allen McRae, and Michael Sherman in ‘Dusk with Edgar Allan Poe.’ Picture by Kat Brais.

“The Inform-Story Coronary heart” was my introduction to Poe, as a baby. It’s a creepy story a few paranoid, guilt-ridden assassin. Whereas scary for the character of the killer, a few of Strasbaugh’s traces evoked laughter, once more in all probability because of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century disconnect between at present’s zeitgeist and the writing.

McRae was gloomy because the tragic Outdated Man of the “The Inform-Story Coronary heart.” Brais put hideous make-up on McRae to point a faulty eye.

Kat Brais’ set design consisted of fake grey brick partitions, and sliding lure doorways. I beloved Poe’s desk and quill-point pens.

This present makes for a comfy night of dramatic horror in a small, black-box theater. Stage Coach allows you to convey wine, beer, and snacks into the home (they’ve plenty of paper towels). It is a present that can allow you to, in response to Brais, “indulge your senses. Launch your creativeness. Drive into the insanity that’s Edgar Allen Poe.”

Operating time: Two hours, together with a 15-minute intermission.

Dusk with Edgar Allan Poe performs via October 30, 2022, at StageCoach Theatre Firm, 20937 Ashburn Highway, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn, VA. Tickets ($28) might be bought on-line. Livestreaming tickets ($25) are additionally accessible on-line.

Discover this system right here.

Watch the trailer right here.

COVID Security:  All visitors should put on masks whereas contained in the theater. StageCoach Theatre’s full COVID protocols are right here.

Dusk with Edgar Allan Poe
Written by Eric Coble
Produced by Terry Smith
Directed by Kat Brais 

Madeline, et al.: Heidi Dodd
Roderick, Outdated Man: Allan McRae
Edgar, et al.: Michael Sherman
Poe: Scott J. Strasbaugh
Raven, Sante: Justin Meyer

Costumes: Kathy Dunlap
Props: April Bridgeman
Set Design and Wigs & Make-up: Kat Brais



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