"Blithe Spirit" has been a surefire crowd-pleaser since its 1941 London premiere, and its imaginative revival at A Noise Within
should sustain the average. Noel Coward's deathless "improbable farce"
about a second marriage sent haywire by the first wife's ghost receives
an engrossing account, agreeably quirky, reliably stylish.
Reportedly dashed off in six days during the Blitz, Coward's
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Coward's comedy faced an acid test in its first outing: It opened in
the darkest days of World War II, when London was undergoing the Blitz.
It kept Londoners laughing even when bombs were falling, and it has
proved hilarious ever since. As research for his new novel, writer
Charles Condomine (Scott Lowell) calls upon eccentric spiritualist
Madame Arcati (Jane Mcfie) to conduct a séance at his house. She
unwittingly summons ...