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The Completely Fictional- Utterly True- Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe

700 North Calvert Street Baltimore

Just in time for Halloween comes this magical and macabre tale traversing the fevered mind of a literary genius. Featuring local favorite Bruce Nelson, Poe delves into the last night of Poe’s life as he revisits his past and contemplates his fate. Be prepared for magic, surprise, and spectacle, as we transform The Head Theater into an intimate theater-in-the-round experience.

Thru - Nov 25, 2012

Price: $15 - $59

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Baltimore Sun - Somewhat Recommended

"... But, for all the sparks from the cast, “The Final Strange Tale” doesn’t really end up shedding much light on the subject matter. Not does it grab hold and refuse to let go, the way any story about Poe should."
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Tim Smith

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"... Once upon a midnight dreary there came a production that spoke quite clearly of a haunted poet whose tale is known forever more; the madness of a man quite clearly haunted by his ending nearly, approaching rapidly the ghost of death a knocking at his chamber door. CENTERSTAGE presents most dearly as their 50th Anniversary season progresses here, an offering of Baltimore’s beloved macabre poet and his bizarre end with Stephen Thorne’s The Completely Fictional —Utterly True —Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe. Directed by Curt Columbus, this wildly riveting ride takes you through the tumultuous ups and downs of the famed poet’s final moments; traversing the dark delusions as he tumbles from the brink of sanity into the drastic depths of the surreally unknown."
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Amanda Gunther

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

The Completely Fictional—and Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe October 31, 2012 By Jayne Blanchard 1 Comment (Edit) Once upon a Sunday dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Will this latest Poe play rate high or very poor? Will I nod, nearly napping, or will my synapses be a-snapping As I watch Poe’s tortured writhing, writhing at death’s door? “’Tis some play,” I muttered, “Tapping pain and horror at the core— Only this, I say—encore! The mystery surrounding Edgar Allan Poe’s last days still tantalize us 163 years after the writer and visionary was found lying in front of a derelict waterfront Baltimore saloon, disoriented and delirious and wearing someone else’s clothes. He died October 7, 1849 in what came to be known as Church Home Hospital and was buried at downtown Baltimore’s Westminster Church. Every year from 1947 to 2009, an anonymous stranger known as “The Poe Toaster” left a partially empty bottle of cognac and three roses at the grave on Poe’s birthday, January 18th.
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Jayne Blanchard

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