Holy Ghosts
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Holy Ghosts
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Holy Ghosts NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(49 Reviews)
Positive
82%
Mixed
16%
Negative
2%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

About the Show

Romulus Linney’s drama sees a group of faithful, broken Pentecostal outcasts finding solace, understanding, and strength in one another as they wrestle with their own serpents and discover their divinity.

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Member Reviews (49)

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85
Oddly intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like large ensemble pieces that start out seeming like one thing but eventually reveal some truths that are real eye openers/plot twist.

Don't see it if You’re not willing to open your mind to some pretty out there ideas as rational and as reasonable ways of coping.

72
Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Story of wife leaving abusive husband and accepted in Church base community. good acting.

Don't see it if A bit long and a lot of yelling. If abuse bothers you and the story line does as well.

Critic Reviews (4)

Times Square Chronicles
September 24th, 2018

"Director Judson Jones has not overcome the script’s structural failings. The dialogue seemed a little forced and the transitions weak, but mostly Mr. Jones could not overcome his cast using shouting as a substitute for emotions...We love Theatre East’s mission of fostering new plays of social relevance through New York and World Premieres. Unfortunately, this production isn’t their best."
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Manhattan Digest
October 3rd, 2018

“Not the most action-filled piece, but it’s not intended to be. Instead, it is a slice of life drama...Watching this story unfold is fascinating and ominous...The amounts of grace, care, and compassion shared by this congregation are deeply touching. Yet beneath it lies a troubling, blinded cult-like mentality...Jones painted a respectable portrait for city slickers who are otherwise unfamiliar with this world...It might send you on a journey through your own soul.”
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Show Showdown
September 28th, 2018

“The show is about 80% exposition/story-telling, but it works, beautifully...I worked on the last NY production of ‘Holy Ghosts,’ 40 years ago. I was quite impressed with the show, but...it had a major flaw. It turns out that play holds up very well--and this production actually fixes the flaw...Jones gets credit for the fix and for directing a smooth, clear, touching production that builds nicely and convincingly...The excellent cast is anchored by a strong and subtle performance by Palmer.”
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StageBiz.com
September 30th, 2018

“Outstanding revival...Jones and his actors take great care ensuring that the play never gets out of control...Jones adds a nice touch having worshipers occasionally look into the audience as if to bring them into their circle...Because Linney’s writing is so powerful, the service and play’s climax is controlled...Jarrett and Palmer are believably heartbreaking...This production’s heart is worn by Wassum’s Mrs. Wall, the church organist.”
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