Blithe Spirit

If you like Noel Coward and are in the mood for fun, this is the play to see. Sean McKenna is at her comic best as Madame Arcati. The costumes, the dance and the Margaret Atwood hair are all just perfect. i last saw this play on Broadway, with Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati. She was great, but McKenna is even better. 

Sara Topham as Ruth and Michelle Giroux as Elvira are good, but not yet at the McKenna level. Sara did win the costume contest though. Her dresses, suits and even her dressing gown were stunning. 

Ben Carlson again proved he is good at comedy as he is at drama. His Charles was delightful, especially when he is trying to convince Ruth that they could all have a charming time together, if she could just be nicer to Elvira! 

James Blendick and Wendy Thatcher were a delight as Doctor and Mrs Bradman. the weakest performance was from Susie Burnett as Edith. This role has the potential to steal very scene she is in, but Burnett is not up to the challenge. She is amusing, but not laugh out loud funny. 


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Blithe Spirit

  1. keithhpotter says:

    It was nice to see how enjoyable Coward can be in the hands of a director like Bedford and with such a tremendous cast, after watching a rather sad production of Private Lives at Southwest Shakespeare.

    Seana McKenna showed great restraint as Madame Arcati (NOT – it probably coast a fortune to replace the scenery chewed each night). I though Sara Topham’s Ruth was a bit too shrill for too long – but perhaps I am just forgetting what the part calls for. Ben Carlson’s Charles doesn’t have the easy laughs, but he managed to be both very funny and very real at the same time – I wished him well on his journey, although I just know he’ll be married again by the time he gets back.

    As the last production of opening week and a play we have seen often before, it could have been a bit of a letdown; however, it was anything but. The chuckles, and the laughs, were still there and I came out of the theatre with the feeling of having had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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