Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Blithe Spirit"

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entire contents copyright 2001 by Robert Guenthner

"Blithe Spirit"

Reviewed by Robert Guenthner AKA oldgrump

BLITHE SPIRIT
by Noel Coward

The cast
Jacqueline Carota......................Edith - The maid
Linda Monchik..........................Ruth Condomine
Robert Duquette....................Charles Condomine
Thomas Sypek.................................Dr. Bradman
Ellen O. Grant...............................Mrs. Bradman
Dorothy Boroush........................Madame Arcati
Kristina Farrell Dahlene.............................Elvira

Noel Coward is a God in the area of British humor . This play is by no means dry , it is full of belly laughs .

It begins with a pretty , young maid bringing glass ware into the living room . She is extremely nervous and very clumsy .

The mistress of the house [ Ruth ] , arrives , followed by her husband [ Charles ] , a short time later . A seance has been planned as entertainment for their invited guests , Dr. And Mrs. Bradman . After a fair amount of dialog , the medium , Madame Arcati shows up . If you can picture in your mind what an eccentric fortune teller would look like , then you would have Madame Arcati .

During the seance , Elvira , the first wife of Charles is conjured up . Elvira has been dead for seven years . Of course Charles is the only one who can hear or see his departed wife . I am sure everyone can imagine the happenings , wild and funny . Until the end of the play , everything is kind of predictable , but the ending will bring a chuckle to all .

Robert did a magnificent job of portraying the stuffy but nice English gentleman . His dialect and facial expressions were perfection .

Linda was very good as the confused wife . Her role was that of a straight man to Robert and Elvira until late in the play . At that time Linda shined .

Thomas played a believable old school doctor . His scepticism before and during the seance , his delivery of those lines was super .

Ellens role was not a very big one , but what she was called on to do was done well .

Dorothy did a fine job as Madame Arcati . Nobody could be as daffy as the Madame . Could they ?

Kristina dominated the stage with her acting and her costume .

Jacqueline as the maid ; wonderful . I have seen this lovely young actor in other plays . She is a veteran of this and other theaters , accomplishing a lot for a nineteen year old .

In closing , I must compliment Peg Holzmer on her directing , she was able to bring out the best in each actor . Peg also did the sets . From the pictures on the walls , to each and every stick of furniture , this was an upper class English living room .

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is the next play showing in October


"Blithe Spirit"
NEMASKET RIVER PRODUCTIONS
The Black&White Theatre, 250 North Main Street, MIDDLEBOROUGH
1(508)947-3653 1(508)947-7833

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