Already closed | 1h 45m | Chelsea

A Name for a Ghost to Mutter

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great writing

About the show

Theatre East presents this Southern Gothic drama about the discovery of a long-buried family secret.  More…

In 'A Name for a Ghost to Mutter,' Lucretia and her three grown children are cleaning out the home of Lala, the matriarch's recently deceased cousin. When they uncover a mystery, Lucretia and her kids are forced to reckon with spirits from the past, and confront how much they really know about their own family.

1h 45m | Already closed | Urban Stages (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (19)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great writing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like to see a play about family. You like a good story with a historical family view. You are okay with a reflective story being told.

Don't see it if You don't like to hear a good story. You don't like a reflective story being told. You don't want to see something nice happen at the end.

Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like family dramas with ghosts of relatives last.

Don't see it if you dislike long drawn out scenes and confusing plots with family names mentioned that seem to come from nowhere.

Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You don't mind long speeches which,though well-written,don't have much to say. You can keep up with how everyone is related. I got lost.

Don't see it if You want more than an interesting device used to present a story - which when all is said and done - isn't much of a story.

Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You are interested in families and how one generation influences another. If you are a woman.

Don't see it if you are looking for a lot of action

Also I was personally very moved. I liked the characters. It was a good rem... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if a study of family history interests you

Don't see it if you have no interest in your past and how families get from point A to point B,C and D.

Also The play has a feminist slant which makes it even more interesting.

Well wriiten, directed and acted.

See it if you like to be drawn in to family dramas. Great acting that tells an interesting story with the mystery solved that will keep you talking.

Don't see it if You expect loud family fighting and lots of action

Also The characters were so well written and the actors were perfection

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like shows that present seamingly simple stories that subtly comment on and question our basic understandings of "women's roles."

Don't see it if Storytelling told through flashbacks/memories and soliloquies interspersed throughout the "primary action" of the play.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You appreciate an original story presented by great performers.

Don't see it if you can't follow a non-linear story told with many flashbacks.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if This is a gift for all students of acting, writing and directing. And, it is a great history lesson.

Don't see it if I suppose you might not want to see it if you are afraid of YOUR family history. Just kidding. You will love it, too.

During previews
Quirky, Slow, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you have an interest in family history and the surprises it brings.

Don't see it if you are in for something light because it doesn't happen till the end of the play.

During previews
Interesting, Good acting, Absorbing

See it if You would enjoy stories told in alternating now and then timing and you like family stories, specially told from the femenine perspective.

Don't see it if You find family history uninteresting and prefer sequential more traditional plays.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Confusing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like family history from a female perspective. You like short scenes going back and forth in time. Have a taste for Southern Gothic.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter, fluffier entertainment. This is serious, quirky and somewhat downbeat, but relevant and clever. Important feminist POV

During previews
Great cast, Great direction, Lovely sets, lights and costumes

See it if you enjoy watching a fascinating family drama from a new age point of view.

Don't see it if plays that discuss life and death disturb you.

During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you like plays about family relations that show how little we know about our relatives.

Don't see it if you are not keen on plays that develop a theme with subtlety and indirectness.

During previews
Slow, Compassionate, Consuming, Dejectional

See it if you are interested in complex family history extending several generations. Professional production with quality sincere acting.

Don't see it if your interested in having fun since this is serious play. By subject matter more of interest to women than men. At times talkative and slow

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Clever, Intense, Enchanting

See it if The lead was incredible. A gorgeous family drama that does it's best to juggle four generations of women. The atmosphere is well crafted

Don't see it if It did it's best to make sure you knew what time period it was, but the constant time jumps were still confusing. Too short for all it was

During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if your interested in a slow, steady family drama. Simple staging with text driven action.

Don't see it if Your looking for a sense of urgency, looking for topical drama with consistent performances or dynamic staging.

Also A very big plus is that this a female driven narrative that explores s... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Profound

See it if You like drama. You want to see great acting in a super story. You don't mind ghosts as characters.

Don't see it if Want to see a musical or comedy. Stories regarding ghosts and the past bother you.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking story about family and the interconnectedness of generations of women

Don't see it if You don't enjoy straight plays or don't enjoy plots centered around familial themes

November 16th, 2016
"A most genteel ghost story…There is a lovely denouement in which Lala's ghost manages to make her final wishes known. But more than anything, ‘A Name For A Ghost To Mutter’ is a delicate short story of a play and a portrait of a family…The able cast is skillfully directed by Judson Jones, and th...
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November 26th, 2016
"A refreshing exploration of a family tree and the ghosts who never had a chance to tell their side of the story, until now...Unlike most family dramas, 'A Name for a Ghost to Mutter' is not fraught with terribly high stakes and it goes down slowly, like a cool glass of sweet iced tea—sometimes t...
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November 21st, 2016
"A perfectly worthy production…Written by Ms. Williams with an ear for the particular rhythms and attitudes of the small-town world which clearly she knows well…It doesn’t give us opportunity to spend much time with anyone…Absorbing, sort of like watching someone work out a puzzle, but never enth...
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