Edgar Allen Poe started as a hot-dog vendor at Fenway Park, but switched to writing after witnessing the 1829 World Series, which was famously canceled due to an eyeball-pecking, condiment-stealing cloud of angry crows. Hear the fruits of Poe’s professional transition with today’s Groupon: for $24, you get two general-admission tickets to the Arizona Curriculum Theater’s production of “Poe,” held at the Soul Invictus art gallery and theater on Grand Avenue (a $50 value). Seating at each show begins a half-hour before start time and is first come first serve. Performance times are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the following Fridays and Saturdays:
- October 8–9
- October 15–16
- October 22–23
- October 29–30
After last year’s production was lauded by the Phoenix New Times and celebrated by scores of Halloween crowds, the Curriculum Theater returns with an expanded production of “Poe,” its staged tribute to the master of the macabre and America’s most famous literary raven-whisperer. The show features dramatic readings of some of Edgar Allen Poe’s most affectingly weird work, and is set in an insane asylum where demented inmates give voice to the dark goings-on of his poems and short stories. The 8 p.m. show features “The Cask of Amontillado,” a claustrophobic tale of murder and jester hats, as well as the poems “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven,” which famously drove an entire supermarket to collective insanity when a recording of it was accidentally played between Sting hits. The 10 p.m. performance features readings of “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” both sure to raise neck hairs and disrupt Charlie Rose-assisted sleep schedules.
“Poe” is quickly becoming a Halloween tradition in Phoenix, so rather than attending just-in-case zombie self-defense classes at the park district, grab an easily spooked date for a night that all but guarantees clammily romantic handholding. Every performance sold out last year, so use today’s Groupon as soon as possible to secure two seats to a frighteningly contemporary production indebted to the mind of America’s darkest yarn spinner.
- Despite all the craft the two performers display, Poe is unpretentious and realistic, and you can just let it flow over you and freak you out. Happy Halloween! – Julie Peterson, Phoenix New Times
- This is a great place to check out some of the Valley’s most talented actors in an intimate venue, and the audience feels like a part of the play, considering every seat is close to the stage. – Metromix
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