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  Ghost-Writer at MetroStage


1201 North Royal Street Alexandria

Novelist Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, but Myra, his typist, (think Henry James and his typist in the early twentieth century) continues to take dictation, causing great consternation from his wife, his publisher and the general public. Where ARE these words coming from? A drama about the writing process, creativity and love--with a little punctuation thrown in for good measure.

Thru - Jun 16, 2013

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 5:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Price: $45 - $55

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes with no intermission

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  Ghost-Writer Reviews
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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...Michael Hollinger's 90-minute play feels like midlist fiction as he ponders Myra's case (Inspired? Love-struck? Spooked?). But the three actors in John Vreeke's disciplined production at MetroStage are such crisp speakers and quick thinkers that they give this diversion a stylish kick."
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Nelson Pressley

Washington Examiner - Highly Recommended

"..."Ghost-Writer" is a piquant, whimsical gem and MetroStage has given it all the polish such a jewel deserves."
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Barbara Mackay

Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...Vreeke has worked with his actors to convey deep, dramatic emotions without resorting to overt drama. These people are reserved in their lives and their interactions, but their reticence hides deep wells of feeling that can only be expressed obliquely. Lynskey dominates the proceedings as storyteller and participant, but Morella's sense of buried suffering and Hedman's frustration add measurably to the atmosphere."
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Susan Berlin

City Paper - Somewhat Recommended

"...Ghost-Writer is about a love triangle in shirtwaists, and there are plenty of warnings that all will not end well. Myra narrates the play in a direct address to the audience, after Woolsey's death. The foreshadowing is a bit overly precious, but some flashback scenes are winningly sweet. Early in their collaboration, the typist and the novelist spar over semicolons versus full stops; years later, he embraces her plot points, if not her actual bodice. As a period drama, the play does lack the just-below-the-surface simmer of an Edith Wharton novel or The Heiress."
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Rebecca J. Ritzel

MD Theatre Guide - Recommended

"...Ghost-Writer has the air of a play audiences will like with its nostalgia, middle-age focus, and slow-burn love story."
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Roger Catlin

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

The play, receiving a primrose-pretty production at MetroStage under the assured guidance of director John Vreeke, presents one of those achingly subtle romances where a mere touch on the forearm is as burning as a caress and conversation is the most beguiling form of foreplay.
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Jayne Blanchard

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