Theatre East’s presents Romulus Linney’s ‘Holy Ghosts’ at Urban Stages

Photo: James M. Wilson

  Nancy (Lizzy Jarrett) finds the strength to leave husband Coleman (Oliver Palmer) with the help of Obediah Junior (John Cannon), a clean-living preacher's son.  Soon it's apparent hers is not an ordinary love triangle or redemption story.  Nancy is in love with the older Obediah (James Anthony McBride), preacher of a Pentecostal Church whose denomination handles snakes.  Private and communal passions come together during the service that forms Romulus Linney’s Holy Ghosts.  Theatre East's outstanding revival of this provocative drama is entering in its final week of an too-short run at Urban Stages. When Holy Ghosts premiered in 1976, Pentecostals and other charismatics represented a