Fans of Poe will enjoy this piece, which would be better described as a dramatic reading of his poems than as a play in itself. Crawford is a talented actor who gives it his all in a venue not ideally suited for theatre. However, his abilities would perhaps be better used in a faster-paced, more exciting play. Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable glimpse into the life of a very complex man and Crawford coped well with the slightly problematic venue and the added challenge of making Poe’s famously dreary poetry come alive for a modern audience. Overall, this was by no means unmissable but still a pleasant way to spend an afternoon (although not if you’re looking for something uplifting!).
Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 3-26 Aug, 1.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Charlotte Ryan]