THE SMALL STAGE: Beneath Downtown Milwaukee With Poe

THE SMALL STAGE: Beneath Downtown Milwaukee With Poe

REVIEW — THE SMALL STAGE: Beneath Downtown Milwaukee With Poe

…Once again Company of Strangers presents a brief, thought-provoking evening of simple theatre on an intimate stage.

The Underground Collaborative plays host to an interesting stage exploration into the works of Edgar Allen Poe. A version of The Tell-Tale Heart and the Mind of Poe debuted in 2007 with Virginia’s Endstation Theatre Company. The adaptation renders various first-person narratives from the works of Poe as characters in a psych ward. Company of Strangers brings a modification of the adaptation into the basement of the Grand Avenue Mall this month as it presents a tightly-unraveled, little staging of the show that runs roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes…

Company of Strangers has developed an explicit enough environment to form a moody backbone for Poe’s work. What an audience decides that it is will likely be something they bring-in with them. It’s ambiguous enough to invite fun, little speculations and analyses long after the show has ended…”

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