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A collaboration between Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T’Bone Burnett, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County debuted earlier this month at the Alliance Theatre in Midtown Atlanta. In fact, Atlanta was lucky enough to be the premiere city for Ghost Brothers. And I was lucky enough to be invited by the Alliance Theatre to attend one of this show’s performances.
This was a show like no other that I’ve ever seen. No wonder it took Mellencamp and King over a decade to get their play to the stage. Ghost Brothers is set in a small town in Mississippi and drifts back and forth in time between 1967 and 2007. It follows the path of one family and its feuding brothers from one generation to another.
There are shocks and plot twists and I certainly couldn’t have guessed the ending. If you are fan of Stephen King it certainly has his signature style all over it. Beyond the plot and storyline, what I loved about Ghost Brothers were the songs (there are nearly 20!), set design and special effects. I loved the “bar” set just above the cabin where the main character Joe was often found. Oh and the special effects, besides blood spatter, of the ghosts, weather changes, etc were amazing.
The show runs through May 13. Performances are everyday except Monday with additional afternoon performances at 2:30 on weekends. Tickets to Ghost Brothers of Darkland County are $65-$85. Note that this show is not for kids. There’s lots of violence and profanity. If it were a movie, it would be R-rated. So, leave the kiddies at home.
Tips: Looking for a nice pre-theatre restaurant? Nan Thai Fine Dining is located not too far from the Alliance Theatre. Parking costs at the Alliance are ridiculous at $15. Opt for street parking or nearby lots for under $10.