Ghosts

Earlier this year, Theatre Coup d'Etat made a splash with its intense and up-close take on Hamlet. Presented in the Ballroom at the Turnblad Mansion of the American Swedish Institute, the production connected with audiences, and directors Peter Beard and James Napoleon Stone were honored with an Ivey Award last month for their efforts. This October, Beard and the company return to the Ballroom for a different kind of visitation: Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts. As in Hamlet, the worlds of the living and of spirits intermingle in this work. The haunting threatens to destroy the illusions built by a proper, middle-class family, the Alvings. The patriarch is dead, but his actions from years ago still resonate with the living, especially his widow, son, and secret daughter. The piece's subject matter and tone scandalized late 19th-century audiences, while the work's look at family decay and social hypocrisy still resonates today.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through Nov. 3, 2013

 
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