Venue Details

109 Star Starred
Mayslake Hall
at Mayslake Peabody Estate Forest Preserve 1717 West 31st St. Oak Brook, IL 60523
Venue website Get directions
44 events
8 reviews
14 stars
Free and convenient parking and easily located east of Highway 83
star this tip starred
22 events
6 reviews
3 stars
There is plenty of free parking. ...
star this tip starred
View all 109 tips

Reviews & Ratings

"The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story"
22 ratings
4.9 average rating
  • 19
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
11 events
3 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

star this review starred report as inappropriate
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.

star this review starred report as inappropriate
41 events
34 reviews
6 stars
attended Oct 07 2012

This was one of the best plays I've ever seen. I CANNOT wait to return to this venue. So beautiful, eerie, and dark. We loved the experience!

star this review starred report as inappropriate
View All 21 Reviews
More Information


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.

About the Ticket Supplier: First Folio Theatre

First Folio Theatre brings the Classics to the suburbs of Chicago. Enjoy Shakespeare-under-the-Stars all summer long in the sylvan setting of the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Bring a blanket, a lawnchair, and a picnic, and thrill to the best of the Bard. In the winter, take in other classics in the intimate chamber theater, located in the formal library of Mayslake Hall.