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A Past That Persists Through Quirks and Crises

Nov 02, 2014 - The New York Times

The words for the title of Elaine Smith's new play, ''Angels and Ministers of Grace,'' are taken from Shakespeare. Hamlet speaks them when he first sees his father's ghost.

A different sort of a ghost, unseen but pervasive, hovers over the modern-day story of ''Angels and Ministers of Grace,'' a world premiere being staged at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch.

Set during the course of a single summer day in the clean, if untidy, kitchen of an old farmhouse in northeastern F...