Atlantic Theater Company closes its season with 'Ghost Stories,'' an intimate revival of two haunting short plays by David Mamet. More…
'The Shawl' is the story of a bereaved woman who consults a small-time mystic for guidance. As the mystic collects clues to make contact with the dearly departed, will he help this woman through her grief, or merely help himself? In 'Prairie du Chien', a railroad car speeding through the Wisconsin night is the setting for a story of obsessive jealousy, murder and suicide, punctuated by a friendly card game that explodes into a moment of menace.
See it if you love Mamet. PDC was disappointing, but The Shawl was fascinating. Both were well acted.
Don't see it if you require a fully engaging evening. PDC felt long; the tedious story recounted was talky and unconvincing. The train action was confusing.