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Review: The Belle of Amherst

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4 Stars

Indianapolis Civic Theatre; directed by Robert Sorbera. Carrie Schlatter gives an enchanting interpretation of Emily Dickinson in a powerful one-woman show. The Belle of Amherst knits together poems, letters and first-hand accounts of Miss Dickinson's life to share the inspirational biography of a reclusive genius. With careful readings of famed and favorite poems, the play ruminates on nature, religion, family, love, death and immortality with ease. Schlatter's portrait of the writer through the juxtaposition of poetic truth and the peculiarities of her character reveals the essence of a lonely heart easily and, sometimes brutally, filled with love. Her performance paired with excellent pacing from director Robert Sorbera carries the substantial monologue through two entertaining hours. Through Nov. 14; 923-4597, www.civictheatre.org.

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