A Name for a Ghost to Mutter
Closed 1h 45m
A Name for a Ghost to Mutter
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A Name for a Ghost to Mutter NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(19 Reviews)
Positive
79%
Mixed
21%
Negative
0%
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. 

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Member Reviews (19)

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362 Reviews | 52 Followers
65
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.

332 Reviews | 43 Followers
86
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.

279 Reviews | 53 Followers
67
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.

207 Reviews | 36 Followers
80
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 Read more

96 Reviews | 27 Followers
75
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. Read more

61 Reviews | 20 Followers
96
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 Read more

41 Reviews | 7 Followers
93
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.

31 Reviews | 12 Followers
85
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.

Critic Reviews (3)

Talkin' Broadway
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 the use of carefully detailed touches makes for a lovingly imagined production."
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Theatre is Easy
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 too slow...That said, the cast and design team draw our attention the entire show...This play is also a great choice to anyone looking for a story with vibrant feminist overtones."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
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 enthralling or memorable…The ending is not the most moving or inspirational of endings, though the play has been presented beautifully, with an admirable cast."
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