What does it take to kill a person?
In RadioTheatre’s 20-minute take on Edgar Allan Poe’s THE TELL TALE HEART, apparently a physical deformity that irks the narrator is more than enough.
From the top of this performance we are informed that the old woman has already been slain. The only reasoning we receive from our narrator is, “I didn’t hate the old woman, it was her evil eye that bothered me.”
Throughout the audio the narrator works overtime to convince us that he is characteristically someone he is not. For instance, when trying to deflect from our preconceived notions of him, he says, “Do not confuse my acuteness of senses for madness.”
Nevertheless, the madness oozes from his seams. The paranoia comes in full swing especially as the authorities arrive. He paces the floor, breaks a sweat, questions every gust of wind outside and every creek of the house inside, all the while running on a loop in his head whether the authorities will catch on to him or not.
Whether talking to us or talking to himself, the confused and increasingly manic narrator leads us on a journey that, for this reviewer at least, led to more questions than answers regarding what is real and what is fake.
Frank Zilinyi, R.Patrick Alberty, Alejandro Cardozo, Caitlin Boyle, Sarah Gwynne Walker
Dan Bianchi (director/story adapter/sound), Wes Shippee (sound design/tech director)
Photos courtesy of RadioTheatre NYC
About the Author: Margaret Smith ( Photo by Mike Rundle )
Margaret Smith is a Chicago-based, multi-genre writer and editor. They are a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, a lover of all-things theater, and a crossword puzzle enthusiast. More of their work can be found on the Better Magazine website.