I know – you never think of Edgar Allan Poe in a romantic way, but this off-beat and sweetly sad goth musical will make you see his life story in a different light, albeit a still pretty dark and stormy one.
I have loved Poe’s work from my middle school years, and know much of it by heart, but I never really looked too deeply into his life story, other than knowing that he married his child-bride cousin who died of tuberculosis not far from where I now live in the Bronx. But this oddly charming musical (yes, musical) makes this dark and dreary tale of dead parents, missing siblings, lost and found love and abandonment riveting. And the mostly black and white costumes alone are breath-taking in a steampunky, Tim Burton/Edward Gorey way. This is a one-of-kind production well-worth your time and money.
Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edward Allan Poe at the New World Stages Theater through March 29th, Nevermoretheshow.com