My assumption was that local author Gary Wright’s play would be a dramatization of Poe’s creepy stories, just in time for Halloween. And the show does include “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Ted Barton plays a murderer who confesses.
But the show does more than scare you. It’s a biographical play, framing these famous stories in the context of Poe’s unraveling life. We watch as Poe’s beautiful wife coughs up blood and wastes away from tuberculosis. We watch as Poe and his editor – once friends -- become bitter enemies, yearning for vengance. The show features a remarkable performance by Eric Wheeler, whose dark hair and pale forehead give him an eerie resemblance to Poe. And Wheeler delivers a gripping recitation of Poe’s signature poem, “The Raven,” which gave me goosebumps. This play delivers the chills you’d expect, but it’s also a rich, satisfying literary experience that you will long remember.
"Evermore" continues at the Foothill Theatre Company in Nevady City through October 28th.