Being a Little Bit Blithe

By Beacon Staff

Comedy opens the Whitefish Theatre Company season this Friday when Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit hits the stage. Coward’s award-winning play written in 1941 broke British box office records when it ran for 1,997 consecutive performances in London’s West End and reigned for three decades as a hit.

The comedy unleashes a ghost on the unsuspecting socialite and novelist Charles Condomine. To make matters worse, only he can see the ghost—his first wife. She flitters about lobbing sarcastic barbs on Condomine’s replacement wife with increasing desperation as the story progresses.

As in any English drawing room comedy, eccentricity reigns. The Condomine house is no different—with an addled maid, a psychic medium, the ghost of Condomine’s first wife, and British upper crust sensibilities.

Nancy Nei directs the classic comedy, which plays for the last two weekends in October at O’Shaughnessy Center. The cast features local actors seen in previous Whitefish Theatre Company productions: Jim Mohn as Condemine, Michele Keener as the first wife, Sarina Hart as the second wife, Gail Cleveland as the psychic, and Katie Nixon as the maid. Other roles include Mike Conway and Elspeth Chambers.

Evening performances with reserved seating run on Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 19, 20, 26, and 27 starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Matinee performances with general admission seating run on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 28. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

For tickets, call 862-5371 or check www.whitefishtheatreco.org.

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