New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

The Gray Man

From 10 critic and 2 member reviews
Members say: Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Scary, Clever

About the show

Pipeline Theatre Company presents the story of the Gray Man; a ghost story, a boogeyman invented by mothers to keep their children safe. More…

A grieving young man named Simon listens to these bedtime stories outside his apartment window and yearns to leave the city he’s so afraid of. But when he meets a little girl with an old soul who speaks of missing children, Simon can’t help but feel trapped in his tenement house, where a familiar shadow waits in the darkness.

1h 30m | Already closed | Walkerspace Theater (Soho/Tribeca)


"Mr. Farmer has crafted a suspenseful and gripping tale based on the reality of child abduction with mythical overtones. The dialogue is very fine and is evocative of the era. The intriguing script has been tremendously elevated by the superb production it has been given that is comparable to visiting a Halloween haunted house..' The Gray Man' subtly relies on simple suggestiveness and bold stagecraft to reach its surprising and shattering conclusion." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"'The Gray Man' excels in every possible department for a stage production, but two things in particular make it stand out above others. Farmer's writing flows effortlessly from casual dialogue to bloodcurdling dread, with a surprising amount of comedy as well. Bowser's lighting gives the play everything it needs to hold an audience in fear and suspense...'The Gray Man' is a dark and suspenseful production that keeps the audience anxious to see what happens next while covering their eyes in f... Full Review


"Andrew Neisler directs this emotionally disturbing piece by employing a sensory experience that sufficiently creeped out the audience. The use of disembodied voices and movement in darkness traps us in the story...The creative team and stellar ensemble supported the narrative and each other as they weaved in and out of scenes. And nothing is scarier than a little girl in a scary story because nothing good usually comes out of it." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"'The Gray Man' might seem a bit commonplace given a more straightforward staging, but the director turns it into an immersive experience that has you nervously looking over your shoulder for stray bits of ectoplasm...Farmer, Neisler, and company, armed with plenty of theatrical imagination, proved to be remarkably skilled at the practice of raising goose flesh." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Director Andrew Neisler has fashioned an appropriately atmospheric production, in which the audience is frequently plunged into darkness, metaphorically as well as physically. As we try to separate reality from imaginary, the excellent cast members bravely maneuver their way across the large floor space, with only Glow Tape to mark their spots. You never know who will pop up right in front of you when the lights come up." Full Review

American Theater Web

"At the center of the production are two utterly charming performances...Farmer’s revelations about who has been abducting the neighborhood kids---and about the reality of Simon’s world---do not come as terribly surprising, but it really doesn’t matter. 'The Gray Man' is all about the atmosphere that’s ideal for this time of the year." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"'The Gray Man' is a winning production when it comes to distinctive storytelling. There is nothing more exciting than knowing you’re about to be scared and attempting to prepare yourself for it. But that set! It’s unfortunate that an experience could be altered by one giant element." Full Review


"It is difficult to create a truly scary work of theater, but Pipeline Theatre Company nails it...While the play could have perhaps benefited from a more ambiguous ending, the final silhouette before the lights fade to black for the last time is more than terrifying enough to make up for it. And though a few distracting details are never truly explained, overall the piece forms one neat, satisfying story that will stay with you long after you leave the theater." Full Review

Tribeca Trib Online

"While this production is a fine interpretation, the play’s prurience doesn’t seem to have a point beyond creepiness. You come away having witnessed any parents’ nightmare and wanting to hold your children closer than ever." Full Review

The New York Times

"'The Gray Man' is so ambitious that its faults are worth overlooking. Indeed, for every nit to pick here, there’s a moment to admire...Those lightless scenes and morbid stories are quite risky to attempt in front of an audience. True, if you read a lot of mysteries, you’ll probably find 'The Gray Man' somewhat stereotypical and often stuck on a single note. Yet if you see a lot of theater, you’ll admire all the chances it takes." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Original

See it if you enjoy seeing a scary theatrical work with ingenious directing and terrific performances.

Don't see it if you scare easily.

Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Original, Scary

See it if you love a good ghost story or if you've never seen a successfully spooky piece of theatre. The show is more "scary story" than "horror."

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable sitting in darkness. There are some semi-long stretches when you will not be able to see.

Cast & Creatives (15)