Imagine if a deceased former lover rose from the dead to disrupt your marriage. Would your preference be for her to thrash about the house and wreak havoc? Or would a ghoulish presence that serves more to annoy than frighten be a more suitable option?
For Noel Coward, the English playwright known for his merciless wit and flamboyant lifestyle, the latter seems a better set-up for comedy. Nearly 70 years after its debut in London's West End, Coward's "Blithe Spirit," currently playing with a spectacular cast at A Noise Within, is still a hilarious farce on the impossible possibilities of a ghostly ex haunting the man who left her at the grave.
The ghost in question is Elvira, the vivacious first wife of writer Charles Condomine (Scott Lowell). Charles and his current wife Ruth (Jill Van Velzer) take part in a seance at their house. The seance is mostly done for mockery, and Charles expects nothing more than to share a few laughs with his wife and friends, while gathering some great material for his latest book.