Already closed | 1h 40m | Chelsea

Ghost Stories: The Shawl & Prairie Du Chien

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Members say: Quirky, Well acted, Clever, Intense, Well written

About the show

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.

1h 40m | Already closed | Atlantic Theater Stage Two (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (1)


Quirky, Well acted, Clever, Intense, Well written

Intense, Clever, Well written, Well acted, Quirky

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.

Also The Shawl made up for PDC's deficiencies. It was Mamet at his best. In... Read more Read less

June 16th, 2015
"They come across as minor works from a major dramatist...'Ghost Stories' should appeal both to audiences who like to hear a good tale on a drowsy summer’s day and to theatergoers interested in dissecting Mr. Mamet’s way with words, in identifying the method behind the verbal magic."
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June 16th, 2015
"Although far from Mamet at his best, these short plays provide some decent chills...'The Shawl' is an intriguing, atmospheric piece...The curtain-raiser 'Prairie du Chien' is a far less substantial affair."
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June 16th, 2015
"Perhaps because of its length, 'The Shawl' is the more memorable of the two, but both pieces, true to their collective title, are haunting works—superbly acted, and skillfully staged without artifice or extraneous ornamentation by director Scott Zigler. Vividly evocative of that queasy feeling y...
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June 16th, 2015
"'Ghost Stories' is neither earth-shatteringly good nor mind-numbingly terrible — it just is...There's an inherent problem with billing these two plays as Ghost Stories, in that neither of them is particularly scary...The best they can muster up here is a shrug."
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