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Ghost – The Musical
January 26 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on February 2, 2018 at 6:00pm
One event on February 3, 2018 at 6:00pm
One event on February 4, 2018 at 12:30pm
One event on February 9, 2018 at 6:00pm
One event on February 10, 2018 at 6:00pm
One event on February 16, 2018 at 6:00pm
One event on February 17, 2018 at 6:00pm
Apparently I’m only one among a handful of Generation Xers who’s never seen Ghost, the 1990 supernatural thriller — starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg — about a woman in peril whose murdered lover tries to save her life from the great beyond through the reluctant aid of a fraudulent (but not so fraudulent as all that) psychic. I’m not sure whether my unfamiliarity, and therefore my lack of nostalgic connection, with that beloved film helped or hindered my appreciation of Ghost: The Musical, a theatrical adaptation currently on stage at Actors Cabaret of Eugene (ACE). I’m not sure it matters either way. The problems with this production can’t all be laid on ACE: the music is forgettable, and the characters are as ethereal as the realm they interact with. But after a series of truly fantastic ACE productions last year — Cabaret and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat were top notch — this one falls pretty flat. It never quite generates the zip and romantic chemistry required to re-animate a Hollywood flick brought under the bright lights of the boards.
Ghost: The Musical runs with a dinner at 6 pm and show at 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 17, and with a 12:30 pm brunch and 2 pm show on most Sundays in that time range. Tickets range from $16-$48.95. Check actorscabaret.org for full listings.