EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the April 4, 2015 DC Metro Theatre Arts Review of Ghosts by Johnna Leary
Wonderfully directed by Donald Hicken, the production of Ghosts at Everyman Theater is a moving drama set in the distant past, but updated with a new attitude and understanding for modern audiences.
Danny Gavigan is extremely confident and free-spirited as the bohemian son, Osvald Alving, displaying excellent comedic chops, though he was a tad too melodramatic at times, even for an over-expressive artist. Sophie Hinderberger as family maid Regina Engstrand is incredibly brisk and sharp in her vocal manners and physical movement. She makes a remarkable transformation in Act II after her character learns an important secret.
Deborah Hazlett as the protagonist, widowed Mrs. Alving, is extraordinary and truly is the heart and soul of the production. She portrays a nuanced character with quiet dignity and determination, providing the perfect amounts of witty and sassy quips to show her strength. Her delivery of her monologue in Act II was fantastic. Some of her moments displaying that the character was just shy of an emotional meltdown were truly awe-inspiring.
The chemistry and emotional connection between Whalen and Hazlett sizzles and the theater was almost charged with an invisible electric current during some of their more intense moments. Hazlett displays a wonderful sense of strength and determination during her battle of wills with Whalen.
David Burdick’s costumes are very detailed to each character. The women’s costumes were particularly impressive, as they provided a wonderful nineteenth-century silhouette, complete with corset and bustle in very rich, luxurious fabrics, yet still allowed plenty of freedom of movement for all of the physical moments within the drama.
With a phenomenal cast, funny yet poignant performances and spectacular updated sensibilities in a period drama for modern audiences, Ghosts at the Everyman Theatre is not to be missed.