Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
I don't think I have ever seen a play so well cast. The singing and acting was of the same caliber as watching a Broadway show in New York. The entire cast of this show was all extremely talented. Each person shone on stage and matched each other in giving an exceptional performance. Not only did every actor portray a character with a strong, tight, over the top depiction but with the exception of Edgar, they all played multiple characters which were all as entertaining as the next. Each actor complimented the other as they magically danced around the stage in perfect harmony with one another. It was like a well-oiled machine where everything and everyone worked together so well that there was no separation in any mechanics and no weak links.
I highly recommend this play to anyone who is a fan of musical theatre, dark tales, art and Edgar Allen Poe. It is a haunting excursion that may be reminiscent of events in your own life just as much as Edgar's which is even more startling. I know that many audience members were moved to tears as it is a roller coaster ride through life's most wonderful joys and most tragic losses. I give it yet another standing ovation to the entire production that have made a successful, monumental, living, breathing piece of art which will be a part of my psyche forever more.
The Catalyst Theatre, based in Edmonton, Alberta, has toured internationally with its unique spectacles and has been the recipient of over forty awards. It is currently travelling across the country to perform their twisted version of the life of Edgar Allan Poe. It has already been shown in Banff, Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto. It is currently playing at the Arts Club Theatre from January 21st through February 6th, 2010 in Vancouver as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival before returning to Edmonton for its second run in Catalyst's own venue. artsclub.com catalysttheatre.ca