The Very Little Theatre continues to celebrate its 90th season in 2019 with “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward, directed by Karen Scheeland.
Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” is an audacious comedy about marriage, love, and death, in which the memory of a lost love becomes material for a punch line. At his best, Coward’s work is able to weave little symphonies out of bursts of jaded lust or malicious wit.
“Blithe Spirit” is a very British drawing room play, encouraging resistance to encroaching catastrophe by blithely ignoring it.
Set in England in 1941, we meet Charles Condomine, a well to do novelist, who has invited guests to be a part of a séance in order to get material for his next book.
He invites Madame Arcati, a medium, to lead the séance.
Unfortunately an unforeseen materialization occurs which leads to comic misunderstandings, other séances, and an unexpected ending.
The VLT cast features:
Daniel Squire as “Charles,” Janna Slack as “Ruth,” Aimee Hamilton as “Elvira,” Kali Kardas as “Edith,” Bill Siedler as “Dr. Bradman,” Lisa Roth as “Mrs. Bradman” and Kathy LaMontagne as “Madame Arcati.”
The final performances are Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. (except for the Sunday matinée.)
Adult tickets are $21; seniors and students are $17; Thursday performances are $17 for everyone.
Tickets are available by phone through the Box Office from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 541-344-7751 or online at TheVLT.com.