Thaddeus Phillips' Red-Eye to Havre de Grace Makes Its New York Debut to Critical Acclaim

07 May 2014


Thaddeus Phillips' Red-Eye to Havre de Grace. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Thaddeus Phillips' original musical Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, currently in performances at the New York Theatre Workshop through June 1, has received a massive amount of positive critical attention, with rave reviews from the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, and more.

Red-Eye, which originally debuted at the 2012 FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia with Center support, examines the delirious final days of Edgar Allen Poe's life, which he spent traveling by train between New York and Richmond, and features a haunting score by Minneapolis-based composers Jeremy and David Wilhelm.

Read on for our full press roundup:

New York Times: "This spare, haunting and inventive production feels like a salutary palate cleanser. It is indeed a treat—if not, let me be clear, anything resembling a standard-issue musical. Appealingly small-scale and handmade, the show casts a hallucinatory spell." Read more >

TheaterMania: "Everything about this production is inventive, visually arresting, and utterly memorable. Who needs big-budget effects when you have a great story and a keen understanding of how to manipulate the senses?" Read more >

Entertainment Weekly: "At its best, this surreal and haunting play forces us to question the human experience in the modern age. [...] The soulful, bravura Red-Eye to Havre de Grace will make you both happier and wiser." Read more >

Time Out New York: "Red-Eye to Havre de Grace offers a stylish and imaginative account of those final days [...] a study in compellingly morbid visuals: gloom with a view." Read more >

The New Yorker: "With a minimal set and a lush red curtain, the director Thaddeus Phillips creates mesmerizing stage pictures." Read more >

Broadway World: "An appropriately macabre and moody theater piece." Read more >

Vulture: "Gorgeously done [...] Director Thaddeus Phillips, who also designed the set [...] deploys [found objects] with unusual narrative imagination." Read more >

Visit the New York Theatre Workshop website to buy tickets for Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, now in performances through June 1.