Harold Bloom

Bay Theatre brings Emily Dickinson to life in season finale

'Belle of Amherst'

In her end-of-season program note, Bay Theatre Company co-founder and artistic director Janet Luby refers to "the astonishing success of Bay Theatre's 2011-2012 season," and promised that this season's final production would do justice to the preceding three performances.

Bay's current production is William Luce's 1976 biographical play "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman depiction of the life of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson from about age 15 until her death in 1886. Luce's masterful portrait of Dickinson was largely constructed from her own words, found in her poetry and woven together with correspondence and other sources to create an authentic...