April 21, 2009

Hail to Thee, Blithe Spirit!

Angela Lansbury may play a medium in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, but she is definitely larger than life. She is Madame Arcati, who ends up summoning the spirit of author Charles Condomine's dear departed first wife Elvira during a seance at the home he shares with current wife, Ruth. I was thrilled to see a living legend perform live on stage. I never knew she was so good at physical comedy. The Angela dance is now embedded in my mind.

Rupert Everett (dashing and funny as ever) is writer Charles; Jayne Atkinson plays his domineering wife number two driven batty by beautiful ghost Christine Ebersole. (We get to hear her sing between scenes. According to Playbill, a CD of the songs will be released.) Susan Louise O' Connor plays the pivotal role of the bungling maid Edith. The stellar cast did a wonderful job with the play's distinctly British dry wit. The funny lines just kept coming. The set was beautiful. The production is enchanting. You will leave the theatre in high spirits.


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