A Critic’s Notebook: A Gorey weekend

Trey McIntyre brings the work of Edward Gorey to the Rialto stage

I’ve loved the work of author and illustrator Edward Gorey ever since I first saw the animated versions of his famous pen-and-ink drawings in the opening credits of PBS’s Mystery! series way back in the day. It’s one of the reasons I’m so curious about the performance of the Trey McIntyre Project dance company this Saturday evening, April 26, at Atlanta’s Rialto Center for the Arts. With the help of Lion King puppet designer Michael Curry, the troupe will present four Gorey cult classics - The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Beastly Baby, The Deranged Cousin and The Disrespectful Summons - as live dance theater.

? ? ?
The Gorey works will appear on a double bill with McIntyre’s popular “Mercury Half-Life,” an epic 50-minute dance piece set to the music of Freddy Mercury and Queen. There’s only one chance to see the Trey McIntyre Project in Atlanta, and it will likely be your last: the renowned dance troupe will be disbanding at the end of June as the innovative and unconventional founder Trey McIntyre shifts directions to pursue an interest in film. For more information about this weekend’s performance, visit the Rialto.

  • Courtesy Trey McIntyre Project
  • AMERICAN GOTHIC: Renowned dance company Trey McIntyre Project turns the work of illustrator Edward Gorey into live dance theater this Saturday at the Rialto.