Blithe Spirit, being currently performed by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, is a Noel Coward play set in 1941 in Kent, in Britain.
I’ve always liked the sophisticated / smart / spot on while being slightly acerbic wit of Noel Coward. Set in a British country house, depicting the Agatha Christie feel of those times. And of course this play includes a medium, a seance, and a ghost who wants her husband back – even though now, 7 years later, he’s married to someone else.
Fun play, excellent performances. And actually the psychic stuff was spot on as well. The only sour note was when Madame Arcati said she didn’t know what to do about the ghost who showed up. Basically, ghosts have to do what you tell them – after you ascertain what sort of spirit you have on your hands, that is.
The problem here was caused not by the ghost(s), but by an untrained psychic. Of course, since most everyone is psychic and few folk are trained, that problem exists all around us. But most folk are not really manifesters – don’t have the kind of focus / attention / powerful intention that can change the world. This one did. My thought is that the untrained one just said something, not out loud, but powerfully, like “I want this house all to myself.” And the train of events thus unleashed resulted in just that situation.
Not that any of that was talked about in the play itself, but it’s what I saw! Made for a rollicking good British mystery story, with some great characters and great acting putting it all in front of us.
You’ve got two more weekends to see it! The Perfect Summer Play!