Ghosts of Christmas Past
Closed 1h 20m
Ghosts of Christmas Past
78

Ghosts of Christmas Past NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(29 Ratings)
Positive
79%
Mixed
21%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Slow, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

About the Show

Radiotheatre presents its annual telling of yuletide hauntings set in downtown Manhattan. Stories are performed like an old-fashioned radio show, with orchestral music and sound effects.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (29)

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116 Reviews | 53 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want unusual first rate radio theater where special sound, lighting, mist all add to your own imagination via masterful actors & stories

Don't see it if You don't like listening to storytelling or not interested in ghost Tales or stupid enough to think that radio theater is old fashioned!

Also This is a series of different ghost stories (4-5) being told on every show by a cast of truly awesome masterful actors who can do with their voices what the most gifted stage actor would do to deserve a Tony. They can put shivers down your spine and make you riveted & hang onto every word. After that, allow your petrified mind to visualize the stories. The atmosphere of a 190 year old Village church along with spot on sounds & lighting effect creates the perfect venue to tell richly scripted stories by the most talented and creative Dan Bianchi. He has the best radio theater team in the US. It would be a huge mistake to ignorantly presumed that radio drama is old fashioned and probably for old folks. You will be missing out on what great creativity that can be enjoyed from this kind of hard to do voice theater. We are lucky that Radio Theater preserves this great tradition and high drama of storytelling with ever improved new tweaks in every creative way. This is actually quite fun!

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
100
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate melodramatic radio drama and dramatic readings with minimal visuals delivered expertly by a talented and attractive cast

Don't see it if you prefer musicals, comedy, extravagant sets and costumes or on stage dancing or other action and seek profound intellectual content

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love great stories told by the best storytellers around. Just bring your imagination - they'll do the rest! An NYC treasure.

Don't see it if you need fancy sets, elaborate costumes, etc. They supply the story, great actors, sound effects, etc. You supply your imagination!

Also Dress warmly - the venue can get quite cold. (Or is that the ghosts....?)

116 Reviews | 18 Followers
84
Entertaining, Holiday, Quirky

See it if you like holiday ghost stories, set in the 8th oldest church in the city.

Don't see it if you don't like radio plays. ie. readings

217 Reviews | 150 Followers
83
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Quirky, Edgy

See it if You like Scarey ghost stories of the Village. Like being in a church. Enjoy listening to interesting radio programs

Don't see it if You don't like sitting on wooden seats. Don't like to close your eyes and visualize. Not keen on spirits that cause fear and darkness

252 Reviews | 61 Followers
80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Like spooky stories, want to be in a 190 yr church experiencing a unique event, want a family night out, want a new experience.

Don't see it if You expect Broadway, a musical, dislike spooky stories or are freaked out by 190 yr churches.

Also It really is a new experience to hear the show as you would've heard it on the radio. The cast us quite good, and the lighting and effect make for a great performance. After a while...I suddenly felt chills...I was into the story that much. Lol

Nic
621 Reviews | 108 Followers
80
Old-fashioned, Charming, Enjoyable, Cliched, Fun

See it if you'd enjoy hokey throwback ghost stories that aren't particularly scary, but fun nonetheless.

Don't see it if you require something less quaint in your entertainment experience.

607 Reviews | 142 Followers
79
Excellent storytelling, Magnificent voices, Superbly mounted, Geared to a family audience, Rather tame / not scary

See it if looking to relive the glory days of radio theatre, you require a non threatening theatre experience with no real scares or surprises

Don't see it if the 21st century requires you to seek thrills or participation in your theatre experience & not savor the favors of a show well done

Critic Reviews (2)

Theatre is Easy
December 17th, 2013
For a previous production

"A unique holiday show that resurrects the art of live Christmas storytelling...Their approach utilizes storytelling, enhanced by a musical score, sound effects, and minimal visuals...I would have enjoyed more of the Dickens since those phantoms are meant to truly terrify...Although I was expecting more chills with the spectral visitors, it was a novel way to experience storytelling and old fashioned entertainment."
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Blog Critics
December 21st, 2013
For a previous production

"Radiotheatre features fine actors who have clearly studied the style: acting with only their voices, facial expressions, a few hand gestures at most, and supported only by shafts of light that let us see their faces, with meticulously arranged and timed music and sound effects to stretch and heighten the tension. And tension is what drives this particular set of tales...It’s radio acting at its lush best: thrillingly, terrifyingly overblown while at the same time precisely calibrated."
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