Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Tell-Tale Heart: a musicabre: 08/17/2006

Edgar Allen Poe’s "The Tell-Tale Heart" lends itself perfectly to a solo performance. The story, told in the past tense, with its protagonist all the while claiming he is not mad, is highly dramatic. But can it make a good musical performance? After seeing The Tell-Tale Heart: a musicabre, the answer is YES! More a one-person modern chamber opera than a “musical” this is a tight, musically wonderful 45 minute piece. With music by Danny Ashkenasi (who also performs the role) and three cellists (Tara Chambers, Maria Bella Jeffers, Ella Toovy), this is a refreshing, tense and entertaining evening. While Ashkenasi might not have the most appropriate vocal talents for a theater piece wholly reliant on singing this only serves to better the verisimilitude of the creepy, murderous hero of this tale. It won’t be soon that I forget the cello thumping heartbeats of Poe’s tale.

Fringe Rating: 8 (out of 10)

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