October 5-16, 2016
“It’s easy to see why Crawford’s tour through Poe’s morbid imagination has been successfully staged at venues including Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Fringe.” —Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh CityPaper “Crawford’s absorbing monologue interweaves stories from Poe’s autobiography with excerpts from his poetry and prose, including “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven,” and—the evening at its most chilling—“The Cask of Amontillado.” “(Crawford) reels his audience slowly into the heart of Poe’s anguish, and offers thought-provoking insight into the personal conflicts and resentments that may have provided the fuel for Poe’s stories of revenge and dread.” “Diary of a Madman…presents an oddly fitting parable for our present day. Poprishchin, the ‘hero’ of Gogol’s story, is a frustrated lowly civil servant whose resentment of the myriad ways the system is rigged against him drives him to madness…. Gaseous whiffs of current-day Trumpkinism bubble up, not only in the functionary’s seething anger toward the status quo, but also in the now-too-familiar passive-voice rhetorical manner by way of which he conjures ‘fact’ out of thin air.” —Wendy Arons, The Pittsburgh Tatler

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October 5-16, 2016
“It’s easy to see why Crawford’s tour through Poe’s morbid imagination has been successfully staged at venues including Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Fringe.” —Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh CityPaper “Crawford’s absorbing monologue interweaves stories from Poe’s autobiography with excerpts from his poetry and prose, including “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven,” and—the evening at its most chilling—“The Cask of Amontillado.” “(Crawford) reels his audience slowly into the heart of Poe’s anguish, and offers thought-provoking insight into the personal conflicts and resentments that may have provided the fuel for Poe’s stories of revenge and dread.” “Diary of a Madman…presents an oddly fitting parable for our present day. Poprishchin, the ‘hero’ of Gogol’s story, is a frustrated lowly civil servant whose resentment of the myriad ways the system is rigged against him drives him to madness…. Gaseous whiffs of current-day Trumpkinism bubble up, not only in the functionary’s seething anger toward the status quo, but also in the now-too-familiar passive-voice rhetorical manner by way of which he conjures ‘fact’ out of thin air.” —Wendy Arons, The Pittsburgh Tatler
October 5-16, 2016
“It’s easy to see why Crawford’s tour through Poe’s morbid imagination has been successfully staged at venues including Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Fringe.” —Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh CityPaper “Crawford’s absorbing monologue interweaves stories from Poe’s autobiography with excerpts from his poetry and prose, including “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven,” and—the evening at its most chilling—“The Cask of Amontillado.” “(Crawford) reels his audience slowly into the heart of Poe’s anguish, and offers thought-provoking insight into the personal conflicts and resentments that may have provided the fuel for Poe’s stories of revenge and dread.” “Diary of a Madman…presents an oddly fitting parable for our present day. Poprishchin, the ‘hero’ of Gogol’s story, is a frustrated lowly civil servant whose resentment of the myriad ways the system is rigged against him drives him to madness…. Gaseous whiffs of current-day Trumpkinism bubble up, not only in the functionary’s seething anger toward the status quo, but also in the now-too-familiar passive-voice rhetorical manner by way of which he conjures ‘fact’ out of thin air.” —Wendy Arons, The Pittsburgh Tatler