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The Legend of White Woman Creek

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This one-woman show by New York performer Katie Hartman is a kind of concert from beyond the grave. The ghost of Civil War bride Anna Morgan Faber, who allegedly haunts the titular creek, is summoned up and sings us the tragic story of her life. It’s an interesting concept that is, unfortunately, a bit one-note in its execution.

Lyrically, the songs are quite astonishing, conveying the narrative thread through traditional balladry, but also rich with striking imagery — one standout describes a massacre from the point of view of birds of prey, another beautifully conveys a lonely prairie wife’s long day.

Musically, they’re tuneful, but tend toward the repetitive, with a same-y acoustic guitar accompaniment. And if you’re going tell an hour-long story almost entirely in song, you’d better be one hell of a singer. Hartman’s voice lacks character and, with a few exceptions, the emotion is all in the words, not in the performance; for most of the show, her face is set in an unwavering squint/grimace.

— Jill Wilson

From the Fringe program:

Director: Nick Ryan
Cast: Katie Hartman

A young woman flees her Civil War-ravaged home of West Virginia, to start a new life on the American frontier. A 13-song cycle of love, betrayal and redemption on the Kansas prairie, sung by the Ghost of Anna Morgan Faber.

 "A series of magnificent narrative songs, performed just perfectly...An absolute triumph of music, production and mischievous willingness to unnerve." - Edmonton Journal *****

"Deserves the highest praise at the Fringe." - Edmonton Sun *****

 

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Students, Fringe Performers

 

Warnings: Mild Language

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