Venue Details

115 Star Starred
Mayslake Hall
at Mayslake Peabody Estate Forest Preserve 1717 West 31st St. Oak Brook, IL 60523
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"The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story"
22 ratings
4.9 average rating
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11 events
4 reviews
16 stars
attended Sep 30 2012

Would have given this performance Five Stars - but for the annoying use of spotlights in the Library. Candlelight (real or electric) would have been so much more effective - and less distracting. Costumes were awesome. To feel the rushing air...continued

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13 events
1 review
1 stars
attended Oct 14 2012

Enjoyed the show very much. Fast paced & some segments were really thrilling. Well acted & the setting is perfect for a Poe thriller.

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10 reviews
5 stars
attended Sep 30 2012

Outstanding - well done! From the performances (esp the Poe/Virginia/and Tell Tale Heart actors) to the presentation in the different rooms in the Peopody Mayslake mansion - made all come to "life." It was a great evening -- highly recommend!

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Quotes & Highlights

“A perfect storm of theater.” —Chicago Stage Review
“A smart and heartfelt journey.” —Chicago Tribune
“A masterful take on a master’s work.” —Daily Herald


This critically acclaimed production first premiered in 2006 and sold out the entire run. Now this riveting tale of life and death, love and heartbreak returns. The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story is directed by Michael Goldberg (Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at First Folio) and stars Christian Gray as “Edgar Allan Poe” (A Moon for the Misbegotten at First Folio Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Theatre, and Richard II at Writers’ Theatre).

This original work by David Rice, who received a Jeff Award nomination for New Adaptation in 2007, is based on the life and writings of the famed author. Poe’s macabre and melancholic tales and poems come to life in this mesmerizing play, called "A smart and heartfelt journey!” by the Chicago Tribune and “A masterful take on a master’s work!” by the Daily Herald.

During the course of The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story, Poe and his wife Virginia guide the audience from room to room through historic Mayslake Hall, taking them from the garrets to the dungeons and deep into the madness of Edgar Allan Poe. David Rice’s artfully structured journey into the life and literature of the great American horror writer focuses with sorrowful clarity on Poe’s overwhelming obsession with his wife, Virginia, who died of tuberculosis at age 24. Poe married her when she was 13 and he was 27.

<em>My Fair Lady</em> <em>The Rosenkranz Mysteries</em> <em>Thrones! The Musical Parody</em> <em>Waiting to Inhale</em>