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Rachel Teagle

Rachel Teagle Believes in Ghosts

Location + schedule

U of M Rarig Center Xperimental
330 21st Ave. S, Lower Level

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/58:30 p.m.  
Sunday 8/810:00 p.m.  
Monday 8/97:00 p.m.  
Wednesday 8/118:30 p.m.  
Saturday 8/142:30 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Adult language
For ages 12+
Solo, Comedy, Relationships, Historical

Created by Rachel Teagle
From Atlanta, GA

Overall rating

Just nominted for Best Solo Performance at Fringe Famous You can vote for the poll here and catch the FINAL PERFORMANCE of RTBiG at the Rarig Xperimental at 2:30 on Saturday.

Rachel Teagle's new apartment is haunted. And she wants to tell you all about it.

She has always had a secret, nerdy interest in the supernatural, and moving to Atlanta with its decaying mansions and ever-present graveyards was like hitting the spectral jackpot. In this world-premiere solo show, she delves into her own haunted history: from California's Winchester Mystery House to the disappearing cemeteries in Savannah. In exploring and conquering her haunted apartment, built on a Union Army campsite, Rachel discovers urban legends, murder ballads, unexplained phenomena and tales passed down from the women in her family who see ghosts.

Every night, we've got a different special guest sharing their own tales of the supernatural.
Thursday 8/5 - Ben Egerman of Do Not Kill Me, Killer Robots
Sunday 8/8 - Laura Stratford of Grind: The Musical
Monday 8/9 - Kurt Fitzpatrick of The Last Straight Man in Theatre
Wednesday 8/11 - phillip andrew bennett low ofA Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex and My Mother Told Me
Saturday 8/14 - Allison Broeren of Pants on Fire

A storyteller and comedian, Rachel's previous Fringe forays include Orange: A Farce (about terrorism), directing last year's successful solo show A Cynic Tells Love Stories, and performing with Panda Sandwich Sketch Comedy. Rachel Teagle Believes in Ghosts marks her debut as a solo performer and a triumphant return to Minneapolis after leaving for ghost-infested Atlanta last winter.

For More Rachel Teagle, check out her blog!

Matthew Everett is excited for the show!

Rachel Teagle Believes in Ghosts on Facebook

Extended Preview: Winchester Mystery House

Rachel Teagle
Role: Writer/Performer/Amateur Ghost Hunter
Rachel Teagle, playwright, director, and comedian, grew up in the Silicon Valley and graduated from Carleton College in 2008 with a degree in Theater. While she lived in Minneapolis, she was fortunate enough to work with Bedlam Theatre, the Workhaus Collective, and the literary department of the Guthrie Theatre. Previous works include Orange: a farce (about terrorism) and A Cynic Tells Love Stories in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, as well as Panda Sandwich sketch comedy troupe. Rachel is a recent Atlanta transplant and had the privilege of working with Synchronicity, Celeste Miller, and Fly-By Theatre.
This is her first solo show.

Katherine Glover
Role: Production Manager
Katherine Glover is a writer, journalist, performer and storyteller. She's performed for Minnesota Public Radio's "In The Loop" and featured at numerous Minneapolis comedy shows and spoken word events, and this summer she's bringing her solo show "A Cynic Tells Love Stories" to three Canadian fringe festivals. On her other career paths, she's worked for the Associated Press in Buenos Aires, taught English in Nicaragua, and written about the politics of gay hobbit marriage online for Though she spends ridiculous amounts of time in other places all over the world, she considers the Twin Cities home.

Ben Egerman
Role: Guest Performer Thursday August 5th
Ben Egerman is a Twin Cities based writer, producer, and performer who can often be seen around Minneapolis doing stand-up comedy, plays, and storytelling. Originally from the Boston area, he officially became a coastal expatriate in 2004, when he began attending Carleton College in Northfield, MN. After his graduation in June of 2008, he moved to Minneapolis to participate in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, where he presented a script written by him and friend Rachel Teagle entitled “Orange: a farce about terrorism,” via their company, Questionable Company Theatre. Since then, he has mostly worked with Bedlam Theatre, as well as Questionable Company and Panda Sandwich Sketch Comedy. His most recent pieces include “The Loneliest Astronaut,” an existentialist comedy about space camp, which he directed and co-wrote with the ensemble for the 9th annual Bedlam 10-minute play festival, and “The Horse in Flight,” an absurdist piece co-written with Heather Meyer for Theatre Unbound’s 24-Hour Play Festival. That one was about a meeting between President Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, the first woman to own her own planet, and a male seahorse with big hopes.

Also see him in Do Not Kill Me Killer Robots

Laura Stratford
Role: Guest Performer for Sunday August 8
While she was in college, Rachel Teagle was lucky enough to cast Ms. Laura Stratford in her productions of "Into the Woods" and "The Love of the Nightingale." She is thrilled that the Fringe has brought them back together.

Grind: The Musicalis Laura's second collaboration with Alex and David and the folks at Theatre Undeclared--she was writer-in-chief and played President Dean in "Liberal Arts: The Musical!" Past writing and acting credits include "Shiva-Shakti-Sambhavam," a one-woman show based on Sanskrit theatre and developed at the School of National Drama in Delhi, India, as well as an acting apprenticeship at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Laura lives in Chicago and, along with the company, hopes to establish a permanent presence in the Windy City, bringing original musical theatre to Chicagoans and the rest of the Midwest.

Kurt Fitzpatrick
Role: Guest Performer for Monday August 9th
Kurt Fitzpatrick can also be seen in The Last Straight Man in Theater. His website is neat.

phillip andrew bennett low
Role: Guest Performer for Wednesday August 11th
phillip andrew bennett low is a playwright and poet, storyteller and mime, theatre critic and libertarian activist. He has won acclaim at such varied venues as the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Spirit in the House, FoolFest, and the DC, Indianapolis, Iowa, and Kansas City Fringe Festivals - even as far as Melbourne, Australia. At the 2007 Minnesota Fringe, his one-man show Descendent of Dragons was the bestselling show in its venue, while in 2009 The Rise of General Arthur was nominated for Best Spoken Word Performance by FringeFamous. He is a co-founder of Rockstar Storytellers and founder and producer of Maximum Verbosity, a garage-band-like theatre troupe that he and some friends created a few years back while nobody was looking.

pabl can also be seen in A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex and My Mother Told Me

Allison Broeren
Role: Guest Performer Saturday August 14
Allison Broeren is a spoken word artist, a Rockstar Storyteller, and the poetry Slam Mistress of SlamMN!. Previous popular Fringe shows have included All the Things I Never Told My Mother, and I'll Marry You for Health Insurance. She has had a lot of competitive success as a slam poet including winning 3 slams at the historic Green Mill in Chicago. She has also performed in Women Stand Up! A Comedy Cabaret, been featured on KFAI's Write On! Radio, and has performed on tables at house parties throughout the tri-state area.

You can also see her in Pants on Fire at the Bryant Lake Bowl

User reviews

ghost stories
by daniel taradash Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was a simple, entertaining show about one's persons
phenomena with the supernatural.

Spooky Scary
by Max Herzl-Betz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Nice collection of ghost stories using a variety of spoken word, performance and recorded material. The common thread that ties them together makes it all a bit creepier, but the phone conversation was probably my favorite. Just the sound of someone talking about large scale paranormal events in a hospital in clinical tones is creepy to me. Nice job.

Spooky Enough
by William Marth Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Curse the kitties for not letting me go 4 1/2!

A great hour of storytelling, combining humor, drama, and creepy in just the right mix to make you think twice about walking back out into the dark alone but not about falling asleep that night. Movement, history, and a touch of multimedia adds a bit of off-kilter to make it even spookier.

I was at the performance the night Phil Low made his appearance, and, while a great story in itself, it didn't necessarily fit the theme of ghosts that Rachel had been building the previous 45 minutes. Again, absolutely fascinating, but not necessarily keeping the show streamlined.

Overall, though? Great show. Rachel has a wonderful presence and plenty of intriguing material. See it before it sells out!

I Aint Afraid of No Ghosts.
by Carole Vandal Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Rachel Teagle has what it takes to be a traditional storyteller. She can captivate her audience with her prose and rather sensual choreography. The ghost stories she told were entertaining but far from frightening. However, I do like a good ghost story or two on any given evening.

Philip Andrew Bennet Low was assisted by Rachel as he told about his home town Rochester and how it’s linked with the largest execution in Minnesota. The hanging of 38 Dakota people in Mankato; whose remains were used to further the understanding of the human body in the name of medicine, hence the foundation of Rochester.

Finally in 1998 the bones of my relatives were repatriated and rightfully so! This was an entertaining evening as we made it to several great shows that night. A Shockwave Radio Theatre Review.

Old news, well told
by Careswen ferch Madoc Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Three kitties for the fact that all ghost stories start to sound the same after a while. Like Rachel, I've been a fan of the paranormal since I was a child, and I found nothing new here to engage me. But I did get a nightmare, so an extra half a kitty for that.
Five kitties for the fact that her performance was top notch, with humor, drama, and excellent use of her body, props, singing, narrative style, and the space to tell the tales. So an average of four kitties.

Very nice storytelling!
by Bob Subiaga Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The guest artist is unnecessary, and the interpretive dance section of the last piece distracting--but that's just because in both content and delivery Rachel is otherwise so totally engaging. It's ghosts who should hope to believe in Rachel! ;)

Levelness Hogties A Lighter Bace
by Brian Watson-Jones Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Fine gothic storytelling- interesting tales of the supernatural, well told, with just enough creepy to take home. Only problem was the guest star- not what he did, but the fact that the show broke the mood that existed in order to present something else. I think I would have found it more effective to end on that same note, even if we missed a few extra minutes for it.

Interesting, not creepy, stories
by Dave Romm Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Rachel hangs quite a few tales around the eerie and unexplained. She narrates and dances the stories of the Winchester Mystery House, the death songs of the largest mass executions in US history (of the Dakota indians in Mankato) and the graves underneath Savanna GA. More interesting than creepy. Oh, and Phillip Andrew Bennet Low was on hand for this performance. Can't be bad. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Longer reviews with pictures at Baron Dave's LiveJournal and snarky comments on Facebook.

Fun and spooky storytelling show.
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
During and after her dramatic "you can only do this in the X-Box" entrance Rachel Teagle greatly enjoys telling you ghost stories, and I enjoyed hearing them almost as much. She also combines movement with storytelling. Sometimes this movement complements the story well. Other times it looks like she's doing random stretching exercises. She also tries to sing, but at least at our performance, she was WAY out of breath, though in tune. The notes were so short I could barely make them out. I'd advise her to slow down a bit and take some breaths before launching into it. It's an excellently funny song, but she would prefer, I suspect, for the audience to be able to tell she is singing. Real ghost story fans will probably love this show. Others will probably enjoy it well enough, as I did.

Hoop skirts & Ghosts
by dixie treichel Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Some good storytelling. Although sometimes I thought her delivery was too fast most of the time it was great fun. It was a great topic and especially the southern connections of cemeteries, churches and the civil war.

Kevin Believes in Titles
by Kevin Drew Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Rachel Teagle is a great storyteller, and brings together a lot of wonderful elements. It's a tour through the pageantry of the south, a hilarious critique of old English ghost stories and the antedeluvian pomposity of certain authors and editors, and Rachel's fervent belief in ghosts even made a skeptic like me start jumping every creak and draft in my apartment and assigning a supernatural cause if I found something in the wrong place. Only she made haunting sound so charming that I kept reacting with excitement instead of dread... just a cool night all around.

by amihan huesmann Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Threads of stories weaving in and out, touching a lot of topics---ghosts, of course, but also growing up, feminism, politics, etc. Her use of props, such as they were, was amazing. This is some pretty straightforward but well done storytelling, and it shouldn't disappoint.

I also appreciated the preview of another fringe show (she has guests come tell a story)---I won't be going to see that guy!

I Believe in Rachel Teagle!
by Patrick Pfundstein Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was a fun show featuring an accomplished storyteller (and my favorite kind; minimal script stand use, great connection with the audience, and fantastic use of facial expression, voice and timing to heighten impact) talking about ghost stories. This was also a case where her trailer roped me in, and delivered on its promise! The show drooped a bit with a guest ghost story (the guy seemed funny, but the story was kind of weak), but I'll be watching for Rachel in the future!

To know her is to love her.
by Christopher Kehoe Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
So, okay: I know Rachel in the real world too...I guess that's my bias. But what makes her such a gem of a person is what makes this such a gem of a show. Her natural energy is what completely sells this piece; that's her onstage. One-person shows aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I'd be hard-pressed to think of a demographic that wouldn't crack a smile at her quick wit and generous storytelling. Nazis, maybe. Maybe.

Stanislavski wrote that "the person one is is one thousand times more interesting than the character one could become," and that's expertly on display here.

by Allison Koster Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Rachel Teagle is a mesmerizing storyteller, whether or not you believe in ghosts. Highly recommend!

Good storyteller telling good stories
by Aaron Greer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
So, this is one of those reviews in which I need to say “it’s not you, it’s me”. This was my third show of the evening, after a long day of work, with no dinner and my energy levels dropping. Stepping into the darkened “X” was simply a recipe for fatigue to take me and ruin anything I saw. That said, I still managed to enjoy Rachel Teagle’s great storytelling delivery and obvious love of her material (materiel I myself am interested in as well). So, I didn’t *love* it, but the fact that I *liked* it and managed to get through without entering “when will this be over” space actually ends up being a great testament to how good a show it really is. The only criticism I had was with the musical “guest” banjo player; again though – he himself was good, and the song was interesting (and I’m VERY glad I got to ask him a question about it after the show) – it was the transition in rhythm itself to invite the guest in, then back to the storytelling that broke the rhythm of the overall show and sounded a dissonant note. It was after this that the spell was broken for me and I started paying more attention to the clock. Overall a good effort and worth seeing if you like spoken work, storytelling, or ghost stories.

I'm a believer
by vickijoan keck Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I really enjoyed this piece. Some of the stories really gave me chills. Rachel is an artist of considerable talent, both verbally and physically. Her many uses of the main prop, a large piece of fabric was inventive and wonderful to watch! I do agree however, with the Strib critic who said there was no need to bring a special guest on stage. Keep it a "solo" show!

Passion for the Craft
by Seth Goodspeed Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Much like Ben, I may be biased. I've known Rachel for a while now, but have not had the opportunity to see her perform.

Rachel has a true passion for the craft of writing and storytelling, and it shows. She also has an extremely entertaining background and passion for Ghost stories, and that energy and humor carries the performance.

I say I don't believe in ghosts, but the stories creep me out regardless. This is a fantastic night of humor and suspense.

Ghostly Fun
by Tim Voss Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Terrific storytelling. It doesn't matter if you believe in ghosts or not. Just go.

Some things work, some things don't work
by Edwin Strout Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Overall I was entertained by Rachel. She shows a gifted skill at doing a one woman show, which can be challenging at best.

I was engrossed by most of her stories, but most of the interpretive movement did not work for me. The only time that it did feel that it worked was in the voice over of the voice mail message the woman leaves for her. And I'm not sure that all of the music underscoring was necessary. That is entirely my opinion, and others might feel different.

This is not a spectacular show, but it is very good. I know that she is touring this show around to a number of Fringe Festivals, so my hope is that she is able to take audience reviews and reaction and develop it into a spectacular show.

She has a very good gift for story-telling and engaging an audience. My hat off to her for being so daring as to craft a one-person show, good for her, a difficult task. Keep developing this piece and it will be spectacular.

Great Storyteller
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Ghost stories aside, Rachel is a great storyteller. It can be a difficult task to keep people awake at a 10 PM show at the end of a long Fringe weekend, especially in a dark and quiet theater, but Rachel can do it because she is interesting, has excellent timing and knows her pacing.

This was a treat with which to cap off the weekend.

A Masterpiece
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is the first time I had seen Rachel perform in person before, and I was really impressed with her writing and storytelling abilities. With nothing more than her words, her movement, and a couple of simple costume changes (such as the addition of a scarf or a hoop skirt), she transports the audience to different times and places with fascinating ghost stories. The performance I saw also guest-starred the always enjoyable Ben Egerman, who told an anecdote about a little-known singer/banjo player, and performed one of his “murder ballads”. Overall, it was an excellent show.

Ghostastic (which is now a word)
by Benjamin Egerman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I have to admit, I'm a bit biased here--I've known Rachel for some 6 years now, and have worked with her many, many times in that period. Because of my experience working with her, I knew to expect an expertly crafted script and engaging performance when I walked in to see the show. I had already seen parts of the script, and the rest did not disappoint. But almost immediately after the show began, I was instantly reminded of how incredibly adept a performer she is. The truth is, as excited as I was to see this show, ghost stories aren't a subject that I necessarily would go out of my way to see a show about-but this didn't matter in the slightest, as Teagle's performance had me (and, it would seem, everyone else in the audience) hooked from the moment she stepped onstage. Rachel Teagle's performance was so strong that I think this could be "Rachel Teagle Believes in Incomprehensible Economic Theory" and she could still find a way to make it interesting, engaging, and honest. Luckily, this show isn't "Rachel Teagle Believes in Incomprehensible Economic Theory" (next year, anyone?), and her script is every bit as impressive as her performance.

I agree with the other comments that the banjo guy was kinda lame, but I hear that his show is really great.

Smart, snappy, engaging and funny
by Elise Heise Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Rachel Teagle's physicality and presence worked for me, though I admire anyone willing to mix mediums as it were, throwing her whole body and well as her clever dialogue into the performance. She clearly spent much time honing her story telling, and rehersing it's execution because its delivery is natural and flawless, like a good friend sharing polished and precious stories from the past.

I happened to find the two minutes of banjo at the end flat and uninteresting, but the song tied into the overall performance.

In the end, I say, Rachel Teagle rocks and I am sorry she's relocated to Atlanta, but our loss is Atlanta's gain. Catch her while you still can!

Innovative, spooky, original - and fun
by Kay Kirscht Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Sometimes the interpretive dance didn't work so well - but I appreciated the physical take on each story. Have you *ever* seen 3 yards of shreddy, shiny gray fabric go so far?! Essence of Fringe, that!
Rachel obviously believes in herself as much as the ghosts, and I chalk up her performance as one of the most professional I've seen. Kudos to K. Glover for helping hone the show.
Enjoyed Ben Egerman's exhaustive love for obscure banjo tunings & stage-shy mountain folksingers.

fantastic and fantastical
by Leah Steinberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I still don't believe in ghosts, but I do believe in Rachel Teagle's considerable talent.
Her haunting storytelling skills are highlighted in this piece on the supernatural; her word choice is exquisite, her attention to detail superb, and her characterizations bring multiple souls onto the stage in this solo show. Teagle is humorous and easy with the audience when she is framing the frightening tales within the context of her life, which only makes the scary stories that much more solemn in contrast and somehow enhances their believability. The clever and inventive use of a few simple props adds visual interest without becoming a distraction and her manipulation of these props appears almost unconscious, enhancing the fluidity from scene to scene.
If the show has any weakness, it is the dance pieces which break the audience out of the campfire mood because they just don't quite fit. Also, although the stories are all wonderful and follow the same theme of spectral phenomena Teagle has encountered first- or second-hand or in her research, some of them feel incomplete without the dramatic conclusion to cap them off which is typical of fantastic tales meant to plant fear and wonder in the listeners. The inclusion of a guest performer was a little confusing; while Thursday's guest expanded on the theme of murder ballads that Teagle introduced earlier in the evening, the timing of his appearance was incongruous and took some of the power out of the otherwise admirable conclusion of the show by disrupting Teagle's flow.

I believe in Rachel Teagle.
by Heather Meyer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Rachel Teagel Believes in Ghosts weaves and contrasts ghost stories of Rachel's California childhood near the Winchester Mystery House and her current home of Atlanta, Georgia.

Rachel succeeds by engaging the audience with classic ghost-storytelling and with making witty observations about engaging classic ghost-storytelling.

The show is most solid when Rachel tells of her childhood obsessions with ghost, and we see her revert to that ghost-obsessed nerd kid right in Rarig Xperimental.

Four Kitties.

Spookily good
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Watching Rachel Teagle Believes in Ghosts was like sitting around a campfire listening to ghost stories. Except instead of your goofy friends, the tales are being told by a talented and gifted storyteller.

Mixing "real" ghost stories with a collection of original tales, Teagle succeeds brilliantly at exploring the full range of spectral tale-telling: Haunting. Scary. Nostalgic. Painful. Funny.

Unfortunately, the show does occasionally fall down. In particular, the interpretive dance portions of the evening were complete failures for me. And while Teagle is to be commended for the innovation of including guest storytellers at each of her performances, the timing of the guest performer was mystifying to me: Coming immediately after what was, arguably, the high point of the performance, the guest performer (despite his quality) nevertheless seemed to turn the last portion of the show into an anticlimax.

In a perfectly calibrated world, I would probably give this show 3.5 or 3.75 kitties. But since it succeeds far more often than it fails, I'm quite happy to round that figure up to 4 entertaining kitties.