THE HOURS OF LIFE is the new musical about Poe that had its world premiere in Seattle at the Cornish Studio Theatre on December 5, 2014. The Theatre 22 production was rotten by Paul Lewis and directed by Corey D. McDaniel.
The show opens with cast members filling the stage in song, all dressed in beautifully tailored period costumes. The intimate feel of the 100-seat theater was immediately felt with the characters literally standing at your side. After the rousing finale of the first of 17 songs, the ensemble disperses and the play gently unfolds.
There are two main story lines in this production that intertwine flawlessly. The character of Edgar Allan Poe was portrayed by Brian Pucheu who, although he starts off the play rather meekly, thankfully progresses into the type of Poe character that I had expected; strong and charismatic.