REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Ghost Light (Lincoln Center Theater)” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Jun 20, 2017
“Ghost Light (Lincoln Center Theater,)” written by Zach Morris and directed by Jennine Willett and Morris, opened on June 19, 2017 in New York City. “Ghost Light (Lincoln Center Theater,)” written by Zach Morris and directed by Jennine Willett and Morris, opened on June 19, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

6 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 69.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"These wandering souls are doomed to an eternity of narcissism, yet there is something they love even more than themselves. That would be the theater. And anyone who shares that obsession will want to spend the enchanted two hours in their company provided by 'Ghost Light'...This production traffics in, and transcends, the enduring clichés of a profession, finding a hypnotic circularity in a craft that is, after all, about recreating the same images and words night after night after night."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 40
"'Ghost Light' is a site-specific play that seems like it would rather be anywhere else except the site for which it was specifically made...The actors bravely deliver monologues that range from cliché-riddled to completely incoherent...Morris and Willett's most impressive feat is the coordination of several overlapping scenes...It's not that there couldn't be an immersive experience in the Claire Tow, but 'Ghost Light' feels tailor-made for somewhere else entirely."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 65
"There are many captivating sequences in 'Ghost Light’s' mix, especially those we watch from some distance...But the writing and choreography of the constituent parts lean toward the generic—a mash-up of Shakespeare, an idea of a longing pas de deux—and the language is often too stiff to be delivered conversationally at close range...Still, 'Ghost Light' is a hugely ambitious undertaking and a flat-out wonder of coordination. Even when it creaks a bit, you have to admire the spirit."

“Ghost Light (Lincoln Center Theater)” was also reviewed by Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, and Robert Kahn of WNBC.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 21 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Ambitious, Refreshing, Great staging, Enchanting, Masterful

Beau G, ShowScore: 60
See it if…"Environmental, immersive theater is your thing. Game, committed performers in vignettes; sometimes interesting, sometimes embarrassing." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like audience participation or standing, sitting, climbing stairs for two hours." 
John 631266, ShowScore: 70 
See it if…"You enjoy immersive theater. It's not as good as 'Then She Fell' or 'The Grand Paradise' (both of which I would recommend) but it was entertaining enough."
Don't see it if…"You don't like walking around for two hours, potentially interacting with the performers, or want a plot. It could have been much better."
Yumi M, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You want to take a time trip and get lost in the mysterious world of theater that you don't usually get to see." 
Don't see it if…"You like a traditional play or don't want to walk around the theater." 

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