Already closed | 2h 0m | Upper W Side

Ghost Light (Lincoln Center Theater)

From 101 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great staging, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

About the show

Third Rail Projects, the immersive performance company behind 'Then She Fell' and 'The Grand Paradise,' invites audiences to explore the world on the other side of the proscenium. More…

'Ghost Light' is a performance about performance which navigates through a series of real and dreamlike landscapes beyond the footlights, the glitter, and the greasepaint. It is a benevolent haunting that reflects on the smoke and mirrors, superstitions, and stage magic that conjure the mystique of the theater. Note: Audience members will be moving for most of the performance. Standing, walking, climbing stairs, staying in confined spaces, and being separated from your party are all part of the experience. Wear comfortable footwear. Due to adult content, the show is recommended for ages 14 and up.

2h 0m | Already closed | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (101)


Ambitious, Great staging, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing
Avg Score

Fun, Entertaining, Ambitious, Creative, Experiential

See it if you enjoy creative participatory experiences, great venues choreography and acting.

Don't see it if you need a story to link the different scenes or a semblance of a plot. A couple of scenes are not as great.

Also The timing/choreography of these actors alone is something to marvel a... Read more Read less

Clever, Fun, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy immersive theater. Very cool unique experience that puts you in the middle of the action.

Don't see it if More of a theatrical 'experience' than a regular play. The story is weak & some scenes are slow & unnecessary.

Also Would have been incredible if they had a stronger story, but altogethe... Read more Read less

Genius, Brilliant, Must see, Refreshing, Immersive

See it if You like brilliant experimental works in an immersive style. Best I've ever seen. Left completely blown away. Stagecraft is astounding.

Don't see it if you don't like experiemntal or immersive works. You need a clear story.

Ambitious, Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want a rare glimpse of the goings-on back-stage of a theatre... courtesy of some theatre ghosts.

Don't see it if you'll be uncomfortable w/immersive theatre, where actors interact w/you, some participation is required & you're constantly on the move.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love theater. An almost magical introduction to backstage & the people who make productions possible. Some astounding characters

Don't see it if you have difficulty climbing stairs or standing for 15 minutes. This show requires active participation. Some scenes seem overly repetitive

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You're interested in new dramatic forms that break the 4th wall & use audience interaction & non-linear storytelling to romanticize theatre.

Don't see it if You intensely dislike all interactive theatre (e.g., Sleep No More), especially pieces that have you moving around for over two hours.

An exquisite piece about living a life in the theatre, Innovative, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre, especially immersive theatre. This is an exquisite piece of theatre that lets you draw your conclusions.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy immersive theatre. Or if you don't want to be walking or standing during the course of the production.

Great idea. not all of it works. but very interesting.

See it if are adventurous about immersive theatre.

Don't see it if you only like traditional theatre.

Fascinating, Amazing logistics, Haunting

See it if you like participatory immersive theater that takes you all over the space, including dressing rooms, the fly, backstage and hallways.

Don't see it if you need a linear story or have a problem walking, climbing stairs or perching in small spaces.

Also I really loved this. It could have used some edits, but it was a thoro... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Clever, Immersive

See it if you can appreciate the overall experience more than other aspects. Not much happened, but time flew by in this engaging/immersive experience

Don't see it if you're scared of some light participation, you want a clear story line or new insights, you prefer immersive theater with more 1-on-1s

Great staging, Slow, Clever

See it if you love Third Rail's work/you want to get a glimpse of the inner workings of an off-Broadway theatre/you want to try something different

Don't see it if you need a fourth wall/you don't want to move around during a production/you are looking for moving choreography

Masterful, Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if What a brilliant, immersive experience! Seamless transitions of the audience among the various spaces. I forgot about the outside world,

Don't see it if You are a first-time show seer. This may be a bit advanced.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if you've ever worked in a theater or like ghost stories, Borges, or Calvino. You wish Sleep No More had more talking.

Don't see it if Non-linear, non-narrative "experiences" are not your thing; you don't like dance or being separated from your buddies.

Also (mild spoilers) An intimate exploration of the Claire Tow Theater is i... Read more Read less

Funny, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you're new to immersive theater and aren't ready for the kind that makes you really interact with the show.

Don't see it if you like the interesting, one-on-one, only you see the show that way, immersive theater.

Also This was essentially immersive theater light. There were parts that I ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You love the magic of theater an its creation and are willing to be transported into a backstage world ingeniously created here.

Don't see it if You cannot endure some repetition of themes and/or despise any audience interaction, even if appropriate and minimal.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Epic, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of theater and all the things that happen behind the scenes.

Don't see it if dance/movement is not your thing (from the actors, not participants) or if you don't like being mainly on your feet for 2 hours.

Confusing, Fascinating, Intricate

See it if you love immersive theater and are a long-time participant in live theater in any capacity.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy stairs or plot-less, avante garde offerings.

Also audience logistics in this piece alone are a spectacle to behold. Cert... Read more Read less

Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if it's a trippy series of vignettes, most of them silly but entertaining. The astonishing achievement is the precision of the choreography.

Don't see it if for anything resembling a plot; or if you dislike: moving for each scene, standing, or interacting w the players. Goes on way too long.

Ambitious, Indulgent, Great staging, Resonant, Uneven

See it if you like immersive experiences and are interested in both the romance and the mechanics of the theater.

Don't see it if you want a narrative or if you'd have trouble standing and walking for two hours.

Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Epic

See it if You are a lover of theater! Every possible space was used in this immersive production! To experience the story of the ghost light - See it!

Don't see it if Not willing to give yourself to the imagination & creativity of this play. You will be walking up stairs, be in the dark & will take part.

Environmental, Ambitious, Disappointing, Impressive stage management, Overlong

See it if environmental, immersive theatre 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

Also Would've been more engaging in an old theatre, rather than the modern ... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Great staging, Creative, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if you like immersive theater. This time in Lincoln Center. An unique experience.

Don't see it if you are in bad shape. You have to walk and i saw people struggling.

Also So beautiful to live an immersive play in Lincoln Center. It is incred... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Interesting

See it if you'd like to explore the backstage of Claire Tow and always wonder about the element of superstition in theater

Don't see it if you prefer to sit down during the show

Riveting, Great staging, Dizzying, Ambitious, Immersive

See it if you're ok with atmospheric vignettes taking precedence over plot, and you don't fear a little audience participation

Don't see it if you don't want to be on your feet roaming for 2+ hours, or you're expecting a linear plot - this is no traditional affair

Banal, Disappointing, Great staging, Inventive, Somewhat boring

See it if you love site-specific and interactive theatre, up close & intimate, and enjoy episodic vignettes rather than a linear play.

Don't see it if you like traditional theatre with dialogue, conflict, and structure; don't care for experimentation; and don't like dance elements involved.

June 19th, 2017
"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 traff...
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June 19th, 2017
"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 deliv...
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June 19th, 2017
"The type of interactive show that should be replicated in every theater town in the country with a yen to take audiences by the hands — literally — and remind them of what the stage can do that no other entertainment platform can. The beguiling images and encounters it catalogues feel as if they...
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June 20th, 2017
"The audience takes a backstage tour of the recently constructed Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center, which is made to resemble an old-fashioned playhouse. There they meet haunting spirits...These characters provide intriguing tidbits about their lives and theatrical folklore, but their monologu...
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