HuffPo Review: ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ Turns a Classic Into Creatively Creepy Camp



Christine Stulik and Halena Kays in The Hypocrites’ “The House of Usher”

Welcome to the House of Usher, where not everything is as it seems and you may find yourself buried alive if you’re not careful.

The Fall of the House of Usher, a compact, macabre one act adapted from the Edgar Allan Poe short story by director Sean Graney and produced by The Hypocrites, is all delicious style and atmosphere. Every element has been designed to create a delirious world of over-the-top 19th century Gothic melodrama.

In other words, the scenic, lighting and costume designers (Joey Wade, Jared Moore and Alison Siple, respectively) all have their work cut out for them — and, for the most part, they deliver.

With the sadistic charm of a Strange Tree show (if you’re not familiar with their work, you should be) mixed with a large dose of The Mystery of Irma Vep (a madcap, macabre romp filled with quick costume changes and a two-person cast which Graney directed at Court Theatre a few seasons back), Usher clips along with wit and whimsy, with just the right amount of foreboding danger. Read the full review at The Huffington Post >

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