Blithe Spirit – review by Frank C. Siraguso

KC Actors Theatre season opener, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, laughs in the face of death.

Elvira – Vanessa Severo

Vanessa Severo as Elvira. KC Actors Theatre photo: Brian Paulette

A “farce in three acts,” as Coward describes it, Blithe Spirit centers on the relationships of novelist Charles Condomine (Coleman Crenshaw) with his current wife, Ruth (Cinnamon Schultz), and his former wife, Elvira (Vanessa Severo).

Although Blithe Spirit could easily be set in the present, it has more charm as a period piece. Kelli Harrod’s set is the perfect, well-appointed English drawing room; Sarah M. Oliver’s costumes fit to a T; and it’s all tied together by Jon Robertson’s soundscape, including the theme song, “Always.” (more…)