Metropolitan Playhouse presents this 1939 drama, centering around a veteran journalist who keeps a lighthouse on an isolated island, where his only company are the ghosts of a ship, sunk 90 years before. More…
From the show:
A jaded reporter, cynical in the wake of the Spanish Civil War, has retreated to keep a lonely lighthouse on Lake Michigan, where he keeps himself company by conjuring phantoms of the immigrant passengers who went down on a ship on the lake in 1849.
Consorting with the dead has a way of turning one towards life...
See it if you'd like a hopeful 1939 play. Philos'l discussns abt arc of progress/meaningful,engaged life. Ghostly chars well-used. Gd set/costumes.
Don't see it if you want a fast-pace; TR is leisurely, esply Act I. Acting is strg (a few wobbly accents). Lead Jed Peterson is a stand-out! Intimate space.
See it if Nihilistic 1939 lighthouse man talks w/dead victims of 1849 shipwreck about whether there is hope for the future. Call to action for WW2.
Don't see it if You are not up for a nicely acted & staged period piece, now relevant because of Trump's assault on people's integrity & ideals.
See it if Roe's crisp, efficient staging & a fine tuned ensemble (notably Pinhasik's Dr Kurtz) keep the momentum flowing in this talky, dense allegory
Don't see it if It's rough going in first act of Ardrey's historical 'ghost-story' as we get accustomed to both style & verbosity but it slowly captivates
See it if you would like to see how a play written 8+decades ago can deliver messages for today with a fine cast in great costumes on a small stage.
Don't see it if you need a play with a lot of action. This moves at a slow pace with characters who have a lot to say over nearly two hours.
See it if Lonely lighthouse keep fancies living among lost costumed shipwrecked souls, until they refuse to leave. Battle of cynicism vs. innocence.
Don't see it if Long, slow 50-min Act I.Pipe smoke.Slurs."Don't look at me as if I were dead/Why do you say I haven't the courage to face your times?"
See it if you wish to see an intelligent, well written and acted,rarely performed play about a person who has become disillusioned and then changes.
Don't see it if you don't like small venues or can't manage steps.
See it if Like a huge cast in a tiny space who are well-used/staged to spin an interesting premise/story. 1st act is slow but holds your interest.
Don't see it if You have to lean into this one a bit-it's complex & casts its spell thru a writer's imagination & ghosts.
See it if you enjoy clever scripts without a lot of action. Play was written in 1939 but it feels fresh.
Don't see it if you have trouble sitting for 2 hours or not in the mood to listen but acts 2 and 3 are more captivating.
See it if you like to see a 1939 play which has still meaning for today. Stellar acting all around the ensemble! A real gem!!
Don't see it if you can't climb a flight of stairs or need constant action or changing scenery.
See it if intelligent, well written and acted play that is as relevant today as when it was written. A play full of hope for our sad times.
Don't see it if you can't climb a flight of stairs or don't wish to think about the times we live in
See it if you enjoy thought-provoking fantasy that is surprisingly relevant in today's world. If you enjoy fine acting with amazing concentration.
Don't see it if you get restless at talky plays (it is overlong). You prefer flashier shows.
See it if Super acting-design-direction, fascinating obscure 1939 American play ponders humanity's brutish resistance to progress. MPlayhouse scores!
Don't see it if Well-written, literate, relevant ideas may be too challenging for audiences who prefer cursing, violence, easy emotion & obvious humor.
See it if you enjoy an intimate setting, a superb cast, a creative set that evokes a lighthouse, effective sound and lighting, and wonderful costumes.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable feeling like you are on stage immersed in the production.