Holy Ghosts

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Seeking to retrieve his runaway wife (and the possessions she has taken with her), Coleman Shedman arrives at the rural meeting house of a southern pentecostal sect with a lawyer in tow. But his wife, Nancy, is unwilling to forsake the love and protection of her new "husband," the Reverend Obediah Buckhorn, and return to the brutal, hard-drinking Coleman. And when the strapping Reverend Buckhorn himself arrives, it is quickly evident that Coleman will not be able to take her back by force. Rich with atmosphere ...
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Overview

Seeking to retrieve his runaway wife (and the possessions she has taken with her), Coleman Shedman arrives at the rural meeting house of a southern pentecostal sect with a lawyer in tow. But his wife, Nancy, is unwilling to forsake the love and protection of her new "husband," the Reverend Obediah Buckhorn, and return to the brutal, hard-drinking Coleman. And when the strapping Reverend Buckhorn himself arrives, it is quickly evident that Coleman will not be able to take her back by force. Rich with atmosphere and the feel of southern rural life, the play blends humor and poignancy as it probes into the circumstances and stories of the various cult members—culminating in a gripping snake-handling scene in which the cynical Coleman, to his own amazement, is himself converted to a true believer.
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Editorial Reviews

Birmingham (Ala.) News
By every imaginable measuring stick, Linney is an author to be reckoned with...
Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald
The play is an American gem cut out of the spirit of mountain people—funny and deeply moving...
NY Magazine
...the flow of language and the rhythm of the play's construction are the work of a superior intellect.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822205265
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1989
  • Sales rank: 985,845

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