Wednesday 14 August 2013 | By Katharine Wootton
ED2013 Theatre Review: 21st-Century Poe (Marty Ross)
There’s an argument to be had that the tales of Edgar Allen Poe are just fine as they are, thanks. No need for re-inventing. But for what Marty Ross does with some of literature’s most mystical and macabre works, that is, make them sing with new energy and beguile an audience all over again, I’m happy to make an exception. Offering different stories for different evenings, the poetically re-worked ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ which I saw, manages, in its modernisation, to still preserve and revere the original, even intensifying its impact. Physically sweating out his enthusiasm for Poe, Marty Ross delivers a bewitchingly good story that leaves a haunting reminder long after the lights have gone down.