Blithe Spirit is the most popular play in the Noel Coward canon–a witty comedy about the occult written during WWII. Coward’s own London office and apartment had just been destroyed in the Blitz, and his finances were depleted. He claimed he wrote the play in only five days, and only two lines of dialogue were removed before its first production in London.
Eloquence is the hallmark of Blithe Spirit. When the characters in this play engage in dialogue, it sparkles; their words are considered, concise and often downright hilarious.
To top off the verbal fun, there is a plot with numerous comedic twists and turns. Then toss in lovers’ jealousies and a wildly eccentric old woman who can summon back those who have “passed over to the other side” and you’ve got a comic gem.
MCTC’s production will be directed by Obie Award-winner and Theatre faculty member Maxine Klein with five MCTC students and two Metropolitan State University students including: Eric David Ramberg, Mary Van Briesen, Julie Dafydd, Laura-Ann Lewis, Donald Walls, Jane Reese and Drue Malcom. Scenic and Lighting Designer for Blithe Spirit is Kathy Stewart with costumes designed by Barbara Portinga. The production will be stage managed by MCTC alumnus Justin Kirkeberg. Michael Robertson is producing the show.
When: October 27, 28, 29, 30 at 7 p.m. and October 30 at 1 p.m. (matinee)
Where: MCTC’s Whitney Fine Arts Theatre, 1424 Yale Place
Admission is free. Audience members are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Emergency Foodshelf Network of Hennepin County.