Already closed | East Village

Ghost Quartet

From 55 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Quirky, Enchanting, Clever

About the show

New York Theatre Workshop presents this surreal chamber musical from Dave Malloy ('Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812') in which murder ballads, doo-wop, jazz noise, and raucous campfire drinking songs collide. More…

'Ghost Quartet' is a haunted song cycle about love, death, and whisky. A camera breaks and four friends drink in a quartet of interwoven narratives spanning seven centuries: a warped fairy tale about two sisters, a tree house astronomer, and a lazy evil bear; a retelling of Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher;' a purgatorial intermezzo about Scheherazade; and a contemporary fable about a subway murder. Featuring 'The Great Comet' stars Brittain Ashford and Gelsey Bell. Ages 21 and up only.

Member Reviews (55)


Great singing, Absorbing, Quirky, Enchanting, Clever
Avg Score

Quirky, Entertaining, Haunting, Intimate

See it if you want to see a sometimes whimsical, mostly eerie, but always gripping semi-staged spectral song cycle by the creator of The Great Comet.

Don't see it if you aren't a David Malloy fan (tho I found this more enjoyable than Comet) or you need distance between you & the performers to enjoy a show

Enchanting, Great singing, Masterful, Dreamy, Quirky

See it if The beautiful and mysterious in magical environment attracts you. Or you like whiskey with your theater.

Don't see it if You want a linear plot and predictable characters.

Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Riveting

See it if you love theatre!This is another Dave Malloy gem.Funny.Beautifully written & performed.Intimate setting.Totally involving.LOVED it.

Don't see it if you are dead!This show is as good as it gets.The run is sold out for a very good reason.This is brilliant.It's the next great thing. GO!!!!!

Absorbing, Intimate, Great singing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you want an intimate musical experience with great singing and musicianship, enjoy quirky ghost stories and an eclectic, haunting score.

Don't see it if you don't like staged concerts, you're afraid of dark & possible audience participation (playing percussion instrument, passing out drinks)

Spellbinding, Intricate storytelling, Beautiful singing, Original

See it if Inventive weaving of several haunting stories told in song & music by wonderfully attuned cast. Blends of folk, soul, jazz music create...

Don't see it if ...sort of concept album of eerie old & new tales. No linear plot but it doesn't really matter if the stories confuse you. Super finish too!

Clever, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You enjoy great storytelling and folk music; an intimate setting to take in a slightly confusing story

Don't see it if You can't get tickets; You want a big production or are afraid of the dark

Confusing, Not my cup of tea, Atmospheric

See it if You are a Dave Malloy fan and enjoyed Great Comet.

Don't see it if You're like me and don't really connect with Malloy's work.

Also The fact that I didn't enjoy this work all that much probably says mor... Read more Read less

Haunting, Confusing, Quirky, Must see, Riveting

See it if you're a fan of Malloy, Comet, & co. Or gorgeous singing and folksy tunes. If you've ever wanted to drink bourbon at a wonderful show.

Don't see it if You want a linear narrative or consistent story. This Quartet veers wildly through time, styles, and characters.

Also To borrow a phrase from Tony Kushner, I spent most of this show on the... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy

See it if Dave Malloy, Brittain Ashford and Gelsey Bell. Fanciful storytelling through song. Musicality of Great Comet deconstructed.

Don't see it if Expecting linear story telling. Scared of the dark.

Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love seeing dazzling performers weave you into an intimate evening of haunting otherworldly mystery.

Don't see it if you prefer linear plots.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you're a fan of intellectual music, high concepts, and virtuosic performances

Don't see it if you need a plot-driven show that hangs together as a comprehensible piece

Entertaining, Confusing, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy ethereal, atmospheric pieces, beautifully sung, and are a fan of Dave Malloy's work.

Don't see it if you need more of a concrete story told in a linear fashion, or if you dislike periods of being in a very dark room.

Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Great music, Intimate

See it if you've liked Dave Malloy's other shows or enjoy eclectic music styles and intimate but eccentric theatre performances.

Don't see it if you prefer a structured story with characters and plot or if you don't respond to Malloy's music.

Delightful, Great singing, Slow

See it if you want to see a song cycle beautifully performed with some very unique ideas.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that's heavy in plot. This is not. Or production value. There is little. It's a quaint production.

Also I'm not sure I understand ANY of the story, but I had a good time. The... Read more Read less

Great singing, Intimate, Delightful, Quirky, With whiskey!

See it if you'd like a concert in your living room with Dave Malloy at the piano, plus super- talented Brent Arnold, Brittain Ashford, & Gelsey Bell

Don't see it if you want a play with a clear, linear plot. All sung at mikes; quirky, time-shifting storyline; ghost themes; darkness; but free whiskey

Also Doors to lobby open at 8:00, theater opens for GA seating at 8:15, sho... Read more Read less

Ghosts... who lives, who dies, who tells your story?

See it if Malloy's theatrical experience strings along characters' otherworldly journeys; "song cycle" format (album sides 1-4); GO, see it!

Don't see it if you may experience some similarities to Great Comet, but ultimately this format remains unique, playful & hauntingly creative

Also Next Door at NYTW launches their new space with Malloy's Ghost Quartet... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You like the cast. You like Dave Malloy's music. You don't need a straightforward plot.

Don't see it if You need a plain plot or fully staged show. You don't like experimental shows. You're afraid of the dark.

Also More brilliance from Dave Malloy. Indescribable.

Quirky, Intelligent, Edgy, Intimate, Scattered

See it if you like the idea of making a classroom instruments moment Jimmy Fallon style, but instead of Jimmy you get Dave Malloy

Don't see it if you fear audience participation

Absorbing, Great writing, Great singing, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if you are a fan of Dave Malloy's composing and writing, and enjoy intimate and unique theatrical experiences.

Don't see it if non-linear story-telling confuses you.

Dark, Talented cast, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like weird, electronic but also simple music and lyrics but a very complex story told by a small cast

Don't see it if you like traditional theater, don't want to pay a lot of money for a small show

Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy amazing singing; ethereal plots; Dave Malloy; and shows that make you think. You’re ok with non linear plots and sitting in dark

Don't see it if You are expecting the Great Comet reincarnated; are confused by the abstract or non linear plots; or need everything spelled out for you.

Also Gelsey Bell and Brittain Ashford are supremely talented; their voices ... Read more Read less

Clever, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see

See it if you are a Dave Malloy fan, appreciate non-traditional storytelling and a superb score

Don't see it if you have issues being in complete darkness, want a more linear story

Also I only took one point off for the floor cushions - they weren’t the co... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Must see

See it if You are looking for something different - can enjoy quirky, non-linear storytelling

Don't see it if You want a fully staged production - have qualms about sitting in total darkness for several minutes

Also It might be more of a concert - but the singing and the story/stories ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great writing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in another unique gem from Dave Malloy. You like nonlinear fantasy stories, live music, and an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you want a conventional theatre experience. You don't like morbid stories or listening to music in the dark. You're not over the age of 21.

Also I became interested in Ghost Quartet after seeing Natasha, Pierre, and... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Epic, Resonant

See it if You love Dave Malloy and want to hear more of his imaginative work

Don't see it if Murky plot frustrates you, if you need to know every single thing that happening

October 11th, 2014
for a previous production “A happily haunted song cycle…Directed with unobtrusive cunning by Tippe…On occasion the whimsy threatens to thicken to the clotting point. But the show never slows down enough to lose you, because Mr. Malloy is so infectiously in love with the dark arts of storytelling in all its forms…One of th...
read more
October 10th, 2014
for a previous production “There’s not a linear story to follow, but the material coheres on a rich, intuitive level. Far less theatrical and character-based than Malloy’s ‘Great Comet of 1812’ this is an experiment in mood and evanescence, a chance to get inside the singer-songwriter’s head and savor the superb musicians...
read more
October 13th, 2014
for a previous production “Musically, Malloy reaches equally wide, his score an ingenious patchwork of folk, rock and jazz. But the best way to enjoy the show is to simply lose yourself in its otherworldly atmosphere, which easily goes from surreal to eerie, from touching to playful…Annie Tippe’s staging seems simple, but...
read more
August 11th, 2016
for a previous production “Anybody within reach of Edinburgh should not miss out on this delight. The show is impossible to categorize. Is it a concept album played live, a musical, a theatrical performance or a concert? It is all of these and none…An intoxicating 70 minutes…A remarkable finale…The atmosphere may be dark ...
read more

Related content