Wichita Community Theatre’s current production is a delightful farce, Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward. The play is one of several classic, madcap comedies that never loses its spark.
“With Hay Fever and Private Lives, Blithe Spirit strikes me as being one of Coward’s three indisputable comic masterpieces.” Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph
Blithe Spirit tells the story of the socialite and novelist, Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a sé-ance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when his de-ceased first wife, Elvira, appears after the séance to haunt him. Elvira is flirtatious and catty. She enjoys insulting Charles’ second wife. At first Ruth thinks her husband has gone insane. Then, after watching a vase float across the room (thanks to Elvira), Ruth accepts the strange truth. What follows is a darkly funny competition between two women, one dead, one living (at least for a while). They battle for the possession of their husband. Coward’s play goes beyond the comic mix-ups inherent in most supernatural comedies. The play explains love and marriage more than it explores the afterlife.
Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm and 7 pm on the first Sunday, 10/23. There is a 2pm matinee on the second Sunday, October 30. Tickets are $14 for adults or $12 for military/senior/students (sales tax included). The show runs from Weds, Oct 19th thru Oct 30th, 2016. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. Call for reservations 686-1282. Click here to sign up to volunteer