Be Well Red: An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe 

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Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre; Easley Winery; Oct. 29
Darkness slowly encompassing a crowded courtyard; wood fires and mulled wine warming against a crisp breeze; trains, trucks, planes passing in live surround sound; black birds congregating on the top wire above the rooftop: a perfect setting for the macabre Edgar Allan Poe in poetry and prose. Ryan Artzberger, Tim Grimm, James Leagre, Matthew Roland, Michael Shelton and Ben Tebbe related the weird, fantastic, horrible turns of Poe’s genius, including the calm exterior/tortured interior monologues, “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Black Cat,” “Masque of the Red Death” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” along with the pioneering detective story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” The exquisite melody of Poe’s poems was showcased in “Spirits of the Dead,” “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven” and “Alone.” Sound design by Brian G. Hartz added to the performance. A most worthwhile way to wile away three hours. However, on the whole, this production seemed a little less polished than was the Vonnegut reading a few months back. Perhaps the cold and darkness made it harder for actors to be fully engaged with the text? —Rita Kohn

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Rita Kohn

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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