Saturday, May 9, 2009

Blithe Spirit: Positively Enchanting

Last week, my friends Sara, Leila and I went to see “Blithe Spirit.” Uproariously funny, the classic comedy boasts a stellar cast -- and exemplifies the talents of late, great British playwright Noel Coward.

Angela Lansbury is at her scene-stealing best in "Blithe Spirit"

“Blithe Spirit” begins with author Charles (Rupert Everett) and his second wife Ruth (Jayne Atkinson) bantering about dinner party plans that include a séance with medium Madame Arcati (Tony-nominated Angela Lansbury). As skeptical as his guests, Charles invites Madame Arcati in the name of research for his next book -- and gets quite a shock when the spirit of his first wife Elvira (Christine Ebersole) suddenly appears.

What follows is hilarious farce, as Charles tries to convince Ruth that he’s not imagining things and she eventually decides to take Elvira on for her husband’s affections.

Everett is at the top of his game, rattling off Coward’s snappy dialogue effortlessly, while Atkinson and Ebersole are irresistible as his long-suffering spouses.

As for the lovely Miss Lansbury, she delights as the flighty medium with a penchant for dancing that belies her 84 years. If you’re looking for a fabulous night on Broadway, it doesn’t get any better than this.

“Blithe Spirit” is playing at the Shubert Theatre. For tickets and info, visit http://www.blitheonbroadway.com/.

1 comment:

DianaGolightly said...

Couldn't agree more :)