Theatre Elision’s production of Ghost Quartet currently playing at North Garden Theater is the perfect show for Halloween. It is a haunting exploration of ghost stories and the connectedness of things. It is hard to explain the plot other than the fact that as they say in the show “it is a circular story”. This vague description doesn’t mean that the show is not an absolute joy to watch and take part in. Like the other Dave Malloy musical that I have seen, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, audience percussion participation is very important to the overall experience. It makes a show that could be sad on the surface be a great amount of fun. I am the kind of person who is usually not a fan of audience participation, or any sort of activity that breaks the action, but the case of this show it works wonderfully. The show has such an immense momentum to it, and the music does an amazing job of creating a mood that encompasses the entire space, that handing out instruments and having to think about making music along with the performers is not going to disrupt the experience, if anything it adds to it.
The cast of the show, Anna Baker, Tim Beeckman Davis, Ryan Lee and Christine Wade, work wonderfully together in weaving together this story. They are not only the performers, they are the audience’s guides and also the musicians. Their voices are individually beautiful and piercing, but together they harmonize in such a way that gave me goosebumps.
Ghost Quartet is not playing for long, it only has three performances left, October 27th, 28th and 31st. If I could I would bring many friends and family to see this show but unfortunately, I will not have time. But if you do, you should go! Information about tickets can be found by clicking here.
Congrats to all involved in the show on such a fabulous production. I can’t wait to see what you do next.
*Logo Credit: Megan Mahan
Photo Credit: Amy Stockhaus.