Theater Review. Cooping- Who Killed Poe.

Robert Massimi.

Poe enthusiasts will love what’s playing at the RPM Underground. The play starts out with a Medium arriving to reach out to the spirit of Poe. The Society seeks answers to Poe’s death. A seance ensues and quickly goes awry. This is where the play gets to be fun and for the next hour and fifteen minutes we see an immersive play put forth.. Audience members get to interact and get involved directly with the actors and it’s all great good fun.

Edgar Allen Poe was a writer of many firsts : He is credited with being the first detective fiction novelist, the first well-known American writer to make a living out of writing and he is considered for starting romanticism with his poetry and short stories. Poe’s following today is as broad and vast as any writer ever to live.

Today, more and more Poe faithfuls are questioning just how Poe died. Was it TB? Brain Congestion? Suicide? Or cooping (people beaten to death if they did not vote multiple times for a candidate). It seems Poe’s death is as mysterious as one of his essays.

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Born in Boston Massachusetts, Poe would lose his mother, wife and sister to consumption. Often fighting with his stepfather, Poe began to write under an assumed name “a Bostonian “. He wrote Tamerlane and other poems under this name in 1827. Poe went on to write literary journals and periodicals of note. Around this time in his life he married his 13 year old cousin, Virginia Clemm. It was during the same year, 1836, he wrote The Raven.

Poe’s death is and was a mystery, dishevelled and not wearing his own cloths, Poe was walking around Baltimore talking to himself. Poe seemed dilerious calling out repeatedly the name Reynold. Poe would die soon after in a hospital.

To this day, always on the anniversary of his death, The Poe Society honors this great writer. At the RPM Underground, they do a nice job also in remembering this great writer. The whole evening is a joy to behold. In typical edgy Poe, the mystery, the mystique that is Poe is captured in this performance. For the Poe lover, this is a superb evening out and a memorable one.

Edgar Allen Poe is one of the world’s most popular writers with a penchant for the dark side. Poe’s life too was dark and it reflected in his work. Poe lived hard, a huge drinker and gambler, he lived as he wrote, hard charging with nothing left on the table.

At the RPM, the production company brings out the mood, the genre which is Poe. In true fashion, we are left with many questions unanswered and we leave as in awe of the mysterious, great writer as when we entered. Somethings just never get answered and Poe’s life and the way he lived it is one of them.

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Author: nobullwithragingrobert

Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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