reviewed by Paula Citron
A Poe Cabaret: A Dream Within A Dream
Composed by Mike Ross, Lance Horne/Mark Campbell, Alexina Louie and André Capet
Directed by Lorenzo Savoini
Starring Mike Ross, Patricia O’Callaghan, Sean Robert Clark, Tom Allen, harpist Lori Gemmell and the Penderecki String Quartet
At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre until Jun. 10
You have two more chances to catch the imaginative A Poe Cabaret: A Dream Within A Dream.
There are four works, a mix of spoken text and song, by composers from three different countries, all inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and cunningly linked together by director/designer Lorenzo Savoini.
Toronto’s Mike Ross’s A Dream Within A Dream is the throughline, and its sections hold the noir cabaret together. Ross and soprano Patricia O’Callaghan are suitably Gothic. The brilliant musical monologue The Tell-Tale Heart by New York librettist Mark Campbell and composer Lance Horne is given a spine-tingling performance by tenor Sean Robert Clark. The
Penderecki String Quartet and harpist Lori Gemmell perform the evocative tone poems by Toronto’s Alexina Louis and France’s André Capet inspired by The Raven, read by Tom Allen, and The Masque of the Red Death respectively.
The show is a run don’t walk.
A Poe Cabaret: A Dream Within A Dream continues at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre until tomorrow.