Fringe Review: Poe and Matthews: a Misadventure in the Middle of Nowhere




Poe and Matthews is a two-man trifle created by Emily Windler, who plays the 19th-century writer Edgar Allan Poe, and Brian Kuwabara, who plays the much lesser-known author and Poe contemporary Cornelius Matthews.

The play’s conceit is that, somehow or other, the two friends find themselves marooned on a desert isle and now must pass the time playing childish games, talking about nothing important, and generally indulging in uneventful and meaningless pursuits.

While Windler and Kuwabara have tried to beef up their weak and uninspiring script with physical comedy, their slapstick is often ineffectual and poorly crafted. This work, though well-intentioned, and during its few sweet moments, mildly charming, is not really a play for an adult audience – the Kids’ Fringe would have been a much more suitable venue. —Al Krulick

Poe and Matthews: a Misadventure in the Middle of Nowhere

Grumble Productions (Los Angeles, CA)

Rating: FF

Run Time: 60 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Clowning, Physical Theater

Remaining dates:

Monday, May 20, 2013, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:45 PM

Friday, May 24, 2013, 6:00 PM

Saturday, May 25, 2013, 1:15 PM

Sunday, May 26, 2013, 12:00 PM

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