New York | Ends Oct 06

Holy Ghosts

17 Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing
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2h 0m | Ends Oct 06 | Urban Stages (Chelsea)

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. More…

Fleeing an abusive marriage, Nancy finds herself surrounded by a religious flock and their charismatic shepherd. When Nancy’s husband, Coleman, hunts her down, battle lines are drawn and a fiery war begins. 



55
Times Square Chronicles

"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." Full Review


92
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant

See it if You enjoy well-cast plays w/ 15 committed actors. A solid script and production that provokes thoughts on religion, community, & marriage.

Don't see it if Lots of yelling, but appropriate for the story.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a well performed, well directed and well acted play showing the need for community.

Don't see it if you dislike plays about religion.

Also The play was excellent, but could have been somewhat shorter.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, No matter your opinion of backwoods "holy roller" religion, it will be challenged and deepened by this compelling drama. a must see,

See it if You needn't be religious to be riveted by this play--in fact it's better if you aren't. I didn't think I'd like it but it blew me away.

Don't see it if You have zero curiosity about the ways lonely damaged people find one another and make a community nor any interest in their accomplishments

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you appreciate complex characters in a unique setting: a Pentecostal snake-handling church! Characters are not caricatured or stereotyped.*

Don't see it if You are triggered by depictions of domestic violence; you don't like plays about religion; you like big shows with a lot of set changes

Also *As the church members' stories unfold, esp. in Act II, their reasons ... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Unusual, Great staging

See it if you want to see a story that you rarely ever see get told, thoughtful and detailed directing, brave actors

Don't see it if you are judgmental about religion or Southerners, you are looking for something light hearted

Also Went into this play not knowing I would like it so much. What an unusu... Read more Read less

82
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Interesting, Great acting/directing, A bit to long

See it if you like plays that explore humans using religion to help cope with their interrelationships, emotional states and psychological health.

Don't see it if dislike struggling with how to interpret themes relating to people's attitudes toward atypical religion in rural America.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Unusual

See it if If you like well-cast ensembles doing exquisitely detailed acting.

Don't see it if You don't like hymns or slightly overlong plays.

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in a moving play about an unusual Pentecostal sect filled with offbeat characters. A blend of comedy and drama.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about a strange Pentecostal sect

78
Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You have an interest in how evangelical Christians think. Especially important in this day and age.

Don't see it if You have no interest in plays with heavy religious overtones. You don't tolerate yelling.

Also I did keep wondering through the whole play how it was going to end an... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Some good acting

See it if you're interested in strange religions in the rural South. A large cast acquits itself well. To discuss this further would reveal spoilers.

Don't see it if you don't like shouting actors. I was in the front row so that might have added to the high noise level.

Also There are several musical interludes -- hymns -- performed quite well.

72
Thought-provoking, Great ensemble acting, large for black box, Authentic hymn singing and portrayal of religious service

See it if Young wife flees abusive husband and seeks solace in a healing religious community that accepts all the flawed people who enter its doors.

Don't see it if It may be hard to see and generalize the power of faith and the healing found in community given the offbeat, cult-like sect portrayed.

Also The snake handling and poison drinking Bible verse may have been a lat... Read more Read less

69
Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you enjoy religious themed plays blended with beautiful hymns.

Don't see it if a weak plot and actors screaming at one another is not your thing.

69
Dizzying, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you like plays with themes involving religion, salvation and corruption.

Don't see it if you prefer more lighthearted fare.

68
Intense, Cliched, Slow

See it if it's a noble effort by a plucky group of actors to breathe life into a play that doesn't quite work. Some performances are strong.

Don't see it if The play is both difficult and weak. The exposition is artificial; the stage is stuffed with people who take turns delivering monologues...

Also Several of the actors need to control their volume in the small space:... Read more Read less

49
Boring, Preachy, Intense, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if If you love being preached +screamed at for 2 hours this is the show for you ! If you love watching typical struggles of good versus evil go

Don't see it if If you are want to see a decent piece of real theatre. This is more like an endless slog in a fundamentalist church service.

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a show about people trying to find truth and faith, despite their non-traditional religious beliefs.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light & easy show. While there are lighter moments, overall it's pretty intense.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like great acting, distinct characters, and thought provoking material. Also, this has the best on stage punch I’ve ever seen.

Don't see it if you are restless in your seat. This show is a slow burn, which I didn’t mind in act 1 but felt its length in act 2.


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