The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe is Perfect for the Halloween Season

| October 5, 2012 | Comments (0)

When we were invited to media previews for First Folio Theatre’s The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe, the play was described as a love story about Poe and his wife Virginia. While that is certainly part of the play, this is definitely not just another happy love story. It’s an intense, multi-layered, psychological thriller that is riveting and frightening at the same time. This is the perfect way for adults and older teens to get into the spirit of the Halloween season in a way that’s both literary and fun.

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe uses the Mayslake Peabody Estate as another ensemble member. The play is set in different rooms of the mansion. Each one is a perfect background for the scene. The audience moves with the actors through the mansion, so this if you are unable to climb stairs to the second floor, you can watch a video of those scenes.

Many of Poe’s works are part of the dialogue including The Bells, The Raven, Telltale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, Ligeia and The Masque of the Red Death. These work together is a way that is beautiful and creepy. I wasn’t familiar with each of the stories, but I was still able to understand the action and how it all fit together.

The Mayslake Peabody Estate is located in Oak Brook. Before you roll your eyes at the thought of driving to the suburbs for a truly unique theater experience remember, Oak Brook is close and convenient. There are a lot of good restaurants for a pre-show dinner from steak to sandwiches. (If you need a recommendation for something that will please everyone, let me just say you cannot go wrong with LaBriola Cafe. I’m not getting anything for the endorsement. We’ve spent plenty of money there so I feel qualified to recommend it. If you don’t believe me, search the reviews.)

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe is a show you must see if you are at all a fan of psychological thrillers, creepy movies, Halloween, good theater, love stories, riveting performances, old mansions or any combination of these elements. The show runs through November 4, so don’t wait to buy your tickets. For more information, visit or call (630) 986-8067.

Shari blog about life with twin tween daughters at Two Times the Fun, family-friendly events at Get Out and Have Fun Around Chicagoland and all things book-related at OMB (Oh My Books).  Image courtesy of First Folio Theatre. We did receive free tickets as part of the media preview. My thoughts are my own.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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