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  Ghost Quartet at Stage 773

Ghost Quartet

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave Chicago

From the mind of Broadway composer Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) comes a musical ghost story of four friends who love each other, kill each other, and drink whiskey across centuries and lifetimes. GHOST QUARTET delightfully mashes up Grimms' fairy tales, Edgar Allan Poe, Arabian Nights, Sondheim, Thelonious Monk and more.

Presented by Black Button Eyes Productions

Thru - Aug 17, 2019

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $30

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-327-5252

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  Ghost Quartet Reviews
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Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Those four charming performers, by the way, are all talented multi-instrumentalists as well, accompanying themselves on instruments that include piano, cello, acoustic guitar, trumpet, accordion, autoharp and percussion. That's all in service of Malloy's songs, which employ wryly self-aware lyrics and a blend of styles that leans toward Americana and folk: think part Tom Waits, part Mountain Goats, with healthy dashes of Wilco, the Decemberists and Gogol Bordello. The show would be just as at home at the Old Town School as it is at Stage 773. They may wanna be ghosts, but these apparitions are guaranteed to liven up your summer."
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Kris Vire

BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...It's undoubtedly a challenging score, and this cast gives it their all. Instrumentally, Anderson and Ellsworth pull the heavy weight on piano and cello (among others), and Sula presumably joins them with (un-credited) offstage instrumentals. All four actors deliver strong vocals, despite some ensemble issues early in the press night performance. The sound mixing still needs some work in Stage 773's black box theater: for example, Guth's microphone distractingly rubbed against her costume throughout, and the volume was far too loud for her belt during her final solo number. Nevertheless, the cast displays impressive versatility in mastering Malloy's unique stylistic range."
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Emily McClanathan

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Stories about stories usually go one of two ways: empty but pleasurable or just plain pretentious. Composer Dave Malloy's rollicking song cycle Ghost Quartet tends towards the former, but it so immensely pleasurable that most of the emptiness is forgiven. If Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 was a glittering Tsarist palace, Ghost Quartet is an inviting but ramshackle fisherman's hut: cramped and a little uncomfortable but still a great place to hear a well-spun yarn. "
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Alex Huntsberger

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...No question, this one-act is no small feat of multi-textured fantasy-mongering. Itís also convulsive, fragmented, confounding, mannered, neurasthenic, and more than a bit self-contentedly cute. You could, in fact, call the action a barely controlled sprawl."
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Lawrence Bommer

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...Though the initial entrance into this circular world may be shocking, this team doesn't let their audience free fall for long. As tempting as it may be for the linear mind to enter a panicked scramble for clues and connections as the exposition begins, this labor is far from necessary. Smartly, this production is full of clever repetition not only in lyrics, but in music, gesture, performance and design. The repetition creates helpful "You Are Here" moments on the map of this many-dimensional world as it is woven. Have faith-it does all ultimately connect, in some very surprising, satisfying ways."
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Anna DeNoia

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...The production is played out on a busy Jeremy Hollis set featuring all sorts of props pertaining to the stories, and Rutherford gets the most out of it, finding numerous ways to vary his stage pictures in a small space, and choreographer Derek Van Barham too uses the stage beautifully. The set is lit hauntingly by Liz Cooper with projections by G "Max" Maxin IV, and musical director Nick Sula joins in the instrumental fun from behind a curtain. Ultimately, though, it's up to the performers to hook us into this eerily entangled and intricately crafted show, and they do. Ghost Quartet is not your average theatrical experience, and it does demand some work from its audience, but it is well worth the effort. And there are so many pieces to this time-traveling puzzle of a show that I can't imagine anyone who can't find something to enjoy. "
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Karen Topham

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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