Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey- The New Yorker
Nice mention today in The New Yorker...
The New Yorker- GOREY:The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
The writer and illustrator Edward Gorey specialized in locating humor in peril and gloom;
in his life, he could accurately be labelled a hoarder and a loner, yet his personality brimmed
with inspirations and enthusiasms. The playwright and director Travis Russ has devised a
brilliant solution for dramatizing this contradictory and solitary man: three actors, all of
them excellent and in perfect tune with one another, play the artist simultaneously at three
different ages, delivering a collective autobiographical monologue, sometimes delightedly
affirming each other’s accounts, sometimes gently contradicting them. Gorey may be the only
character onstage (unless you count his overstuffed old house on Cape Cod, which is evoked
in such loving detail that it deserves its own billing), but presenting his life in triplicate is like
taking a familiar melody and assigning it an unexpected set of chords.