Member Stephen Reynolds was around for the final night of Fantastic Fest last night, where Alamo Drafthouse showed a rarity for them, a one-man stage play on Edgar Allen Poe. I would personally tell you how great it is, but I’ll leave that to Stephen’s review:
“I was given a rare and wonderful treat at the Alamo Draft House last night that I wish one and all could see. I had never seen a play before at the Drafthouse and don’t know if the theatre had ever done one. The play was the one man show of Nevermore. Dennis Paoli wrote the play, using a compilation of historical accounts, actual monologues, articles, letters and Poe’s own words to put together the perfect picture of American’s most famous macabre author and poet. The play ran for months in Los Angeles and received unanimously glowing reviews. I was so hoping that it would come to Austin and luckily it did. Fantastic Fest was the reason that there was this show and I am certainly glad for that. Jeffrey Combs who has always brought something interesting to the screen for his roles brought out the sadness, regret, brilliance, and humor of Poe. You so felt that he was Poe and that everything from being drunken to sorrowfully telling of his lost love that it was in the moment. Tonight and tomorrow 10/1 and 10/2 are the last of the performances. I only regret that I did not get to tell Mr. Combs what I thought of his performance but believe that it was so much in the moment I would have thanked Mr. Poe for finally having the opportunity to meet him.”
Though Fantastic Fest is finished, Nevermore will still be at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Friday, October 1st and Saturday Oct 2nd at 7pm.