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Wednesday, 25 March 2009 23:41

Review: Blithe Spirit

Christine Ebersole, Angela Lansbury and Rupert Everett in Blithe SpiritChristine Ebersole, Angela Lansbury
and Rupert Everett in Blithe Spirit
Photo: Robert J. Saferstein

The most recent incarnation of Blithe Spirit that opened this past week at the Shubert Theatre is sheer joy. The Noël Coward bon-bon stars Angela Lansbury in a “leave ‘em dead in the aisles” (if you’ll pardon the expression) role as Madame Arcati, a psychic retained to conduct a séance. Ms. Lansbury’s performance is nothing short of mesmerizing. Rounding out the cast is Rupert Everett in a spot-on Broadway debut, Christine Ebersole and Jayne Atkinson. The pace of this production is exactly what one hopes for in a production of a Noël Coward work. At the helm of this production is Michael Blakemore (Copenhagen, Democracy).

Published in 2008-2009 Season