Maud // The Madness

solo performance · dogmind productions · Ages 16+ · flashing lights · one person show · United States of America

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Review by BENJAMIN NICHOLSON

June 18, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: Madness · Maud · adaptation · Lyrical

What I liked

The stage design and direction (Huseby) proves a fairly remarkable adaptation of Tennyson’s poem, maintaining the source text’s ambiguity while also giving practical presence to the behaviors of the narrator suggested within; Campbell’s performance itself is dramatic, but also delightfully in-keeping with the unreliable narrator’s possible psychological deterioration; this is a terrific collaboration between two creatives who seem to have a deep appreciation and understanding of their source text, but also have a willingness to augment and modify it despite this reverence.

What I didn't like

Like any lyrical drama, there are moments where the writing creates a somewhat unnatural manner of speech, but the invocation of madness provides a plausible explanation for the narrator speaking the way he does.

My overall impression

An extremely thoughtful and well-designed adaptation of Tennyson’s “Maud”, director Parker Huseby and performer Reed Michael Campbell pull off a compelling rendering of psychology and, possibly, psychopathy.

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