POE AND MATHEWS: A MISADVENTURE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Review

Brian Kuwabara as Cornelius Mathews & Emily Windler as Edgar Allan Poe. Photo by Jacob Drabik.

POE AND MATHEWS: A MISADVENTURE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE presented by Grumble Productions as part of the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Click here for the show description, a list of show times, links to local media coverage and other reviews.

Thanks to my Dad, I was exposed to Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges and The Bowery Boys at an early age. POE & MATHEWS brought back those memories and reminded me of the affection I have for this type of physical comedy.

Brian Kuwabara as Cornelius Mathews & Emily Windler as Edgar Allan Poe. Photo by Jacob Drabik.

Brian Kuwabara as Cornelius Mathews & Emily Windler as Edgar Allan Poe. Photo by Jacob Drabik.

Emily Windler plays straight-man Edgar Allan Poe to Brian Kuwabara’s bumbling Cornelius Mathews. The two make a great team and compliment each other nicely. Personally, I got a big charge out of Windler’s much put-upon Poe. The mannerisms, the voice, the faces, the eye-rolls in exasperation combined to make an entertaining character to watch.

The script is good and flows nicely. Veiled (and blatant) movie references, commentary asides about the venue, and improper word choice are some fun bits. A small complaint, there was one “stage” that felt like it was going a bit long, a few minutes before it actually ended.

Overall, a fun, laugh-filled hour at The Coffee Emporium.

Links to all reviews can be found on the BTC REVIEWS page. Blog postings, links and more are available on my FaceBook fan page. You can receive updates on Twitter from @BTCincyRob.

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