OSU Theatre Presents: Blithe Spirit
From OSU Arts & Sciences
Tickets are now on sale for OSU Department of Theatre’s second mainstage production, Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.” The show runs November 12-15 in the Vivia Locke Theatre in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. “Blithe Spirit” gets mounted often on the American and British stage because of its unique brand of sophisticated and outrageous comedy and for the haunting stage effects. The playwright, Noel Coward, is one of Britain’s more prolific writers of the 20th century, and this play is undoubtedly an audience favorite. The story centers on Charles Condomine, played by senior Paul Knapp, a novelist in 1940s England who is looking for material for his next book. He decides to investigate the supernatural, and invites to his home for a séance the flamboyant and a little crazy Madame Arcati, a self-professed seer and medium, played by senior Kayla Hurd. Also present are Condomine’s second wife Ruth, portrayed by sophomore Allyson Blackshare, and the skeptics Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, played by freshmen Kelton Neals and Shelby Soto. Much to Ruth’s dismay, the séance ends up inviting into her home Charles’s first wife, Elvira, played by freshman Carli Kottke, who passed away several years ago. Hilarity ensues as a love triangle develops and Elvira tries to win back Charles.