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 the most ingenious and affecting finales I’ve come across in years…Let’s just say that Mr. Malloy and company find new ways for guaranteeing that this exultant production’s melody lingers on.” Full Review
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 is actually ingenious…The finale is even better, one of the most wonderful staging coups of the season and too wonderful to be spoiled.” Full Review
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 musicianship of his collaborators…They turn the Bushwick Starr into a cozy den of antique lamps and Persian rugs...Maybe like me, you’ll want to make it your regular haunt.” Full Review
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 but it is always playful and tuneful, aided by the presence of four fine musicians…It may not be easy to categorize but 'Ghost Quartet' should be on everyone’s must see/hear list.” Full Review
for a previous production “It's an intoxicating blend of lyrics and sounds...There is a rich vein of dark humour both in the lyrical exchanges and in the use of unfamiliar instruments…While there is no strict narrative, the characters are luridly crafted...Principal vocalists Ashford and Bell have complementary yet contrasting styles, but it's Malloy's engrossing songwriting skills that are the focus here. Try to imagine a song cycle curated by Tim Burton and directed M Night Shyamalan.” Full Review
for a previous production “‘Ghost Quartet’ is nothing if not complex. But in its tangled web lies deep, dark magic as many ghosts emerge into the light…The whole thing is almost literally entrancing, as you strain to catch meaning while simultaneously reveling in the sheer fertility of creation on offer. The performers are superb musicians and compelling performers. My only reservation was how much of the show took place in near darkness.” Full Review
for a previous production “A thoroughly enjoyable musical theatre performance that captivates and entertains…The musicianship on display is magnificent and majestic…At times the story does get a little bit lost in all the music and buoyant disorder that is being played out on the stage…An inventive show that combines upbeat folk music and twisted storytelling with haunting and beautiful results. The story is enjoyable and the songs memorable.” Full Review
for a previous production “The four musicians not only sing but play a dazzling range of instruments between them. Bell and Ashford create some devastatingly fine harmonies...They manage to create a sense of intimacy and mystery. Casting their spell over the audience, they invite us into their weird, melodic, occasionally disturbing world and send us out into the Edinburgh night just a little bit haunted.” Full Review
for a previous production “A spellbinding song cycle-come-musical…The story feels summoned somewhere in the air between them, an electrifying presence, untethered to conventional blocking and choreography…As a narrative, however, it falls back on quite procedural motifs, and is difficult to piece together in the live setting, especially with so little staging. Whilst the whole is hard to assemble, 'Ghost Quartet' never loses its audience. Moment by moment, the vocals are full of mood and conviction.” Full Review
for a previous production "Dave Malloy’s ‘Ghost Quartet’ feels like a dream and a nightmare: overwhelmingly beautiful, complex, soulful and gripping. I’m still not sure what it’s about though, as the narrative itself is kept purposefully vague...This emotional resonance is backed up by incredibly talented musical orchestration. The show brilliantly oscillates between musical genres, displaying an incredible variety of instruments and stunning vocal abilities...Absolutely lost for words." Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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!!!!!
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
See it if Wonderfully meta, and non-linear. Amazing if you are interested in experimentation in musicals. Great ghost story.
Don't see it if You dislike things that can be a bit "weird" or you need things to be linear.
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