If you like Edgar Allan Poe, then you're going to love this review!
This past Friday, my friends and I headed over to Collingswood to the Historic Collings-Knight Homestead to watch Shades of Poe, a vignette of six Edgar Allan Poe stories presented by Fractured Mirror Productions, conceived, compiled, directed and designed by Patty Verzella. The house is located at 500 Collings Ave. on the corner of Collings Avenue and Browning Road, across from the park.
I had no idea what to expect, but when the event began, I was knocked off my seat; the show was better than imagined, and I highly recommend that you go see it.
After arriving at the house, the three of us were led into the small parlor which was furnished with furniture from the Victorian Era. After all the guests arrived, we were greeted by Poe (Jonathan Elliot Coarsey) himself who read a poem from "Ulalume" before introducing the first act. Each act was presented in a different part of the house and told by six different spirits beginning with: The Raven performed by Brock Vickers; Ligeia performed by Tyler Christie; The Tell-Tale Heart performed by David Hutchison; The Imp of the Perverse performed by Tess Kunick; Berenice performed by Casey Williams-Ficarra and ending in the basement with the Cask Of Amontillado performed by Michael DeFlorio as Montresor and Tom Geigel as Fortunato. The final poem read by Poe was "Spirits of the Dead".
I don’t know about the other guests, but I felt like I was plopped right smack into Poe’s imagination and I absolutely loved it. The actors and actresses were so intense in the telling of their tales that I swear I saw the dead Ligeia rise from her bed.
The Collings-Knight House offers a new show each month. Check out their website, http://www.collingsknighthouse.org/ make your reservations and tell them Steampunk Granny sent you.