Following the four most successful and highest-attended seasons in its 35-year history, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the seventh and final production of the 2009-2010 Season: Noel Coward’s hilarious classic comedy of psychic mediums, celestial visitors, and séances gone awry, Blithe Spirit. Directed by Spiro Veloudos, Blithe Spirit runs May 7 through June 6, 2010 at The Lyric Stage Company with both afternoon and evening performances. Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are available by calling the box office at 617.585.5678 and online at www.lyricstage.com. The Press Performance is Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Psychic mediums, séances gone awry, and celestial visitors are a recipe for amusement in Noël Coward’s classic comedy. When Charles and Ruth Condomine invite their friends over for a séance with the eccentric Madame Arcati, they unearth more than they bargained for when Charles’ late first wife materializes in a ghostly state. As the visiting specter frolics, Charles is caught between one live wife and one dead wife in a play filled with what The New York Times called “supernatural gags in verbal and physical permutations.
The Lyric’s production of Blithe Spirit features the stellar cast including Paula Plum as Elvira, Richard Snee as Charles Condomine, Anne Gottlieb as Ruth Condomine, Kathy St. Goerge as Madame Arcati, Sarah deLima as Mrs. Bradman, Arthur Waldstein as Dr. Bradman, and Anna Waldron as Edith.
The Blithe Spirit creative team, led by director Spiro Veloudos, includes Brynna Bloomfield (scenic designer), Chip Schoonmaker (costume designer), Scott Clyve (lighting designer), and Arshan Gailus (sound designer). The production manager is Nerys Powell and the assistant stage manager is Cat M. Dunham.