Pure Poetry

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 9, 2010

There are two aspects of this presentation, fine-tuned by Hegnauer, that make this production such a moving experience. First is how Goff presents Dickinson’s enthusiasm as coming from a loving source, both from the delight of her inspirations and from the joy of successfully communicating what is heartfelt. We, the audience, come to be her ideal understanding readers. Secondly, Goff gradually brings more and more feeling and passion to the telling, until by the end she is consumed by emotion, which comes across as revealing rather than excessive.

Goff, who previously appeared at 2nd Story in the title role of Major Barbara, certainly holds the stage firmly for these two hours. This presentation of The Belle of Amherst is a profound delight.

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