BLITHE SPIRIT, The Stagecrafters, 04/13/2018-04/29/2018

Show: BLITHE SPIRIT
Theater: The Stagecrafters
Theater Website: http://www.thestagecrafters.org
Show runs: 04/13/2018 to 04/29/2018

“BLITHE SPIRIT” LIFTING SPIRITS AT THE STAGECRAFTERS THEATER
This much-loved classic comedy-farce by the master of hilarity and refinement, opening at The Stagecrafters on Friday, April 13, is a perennial stage favorite. The action focuses on suave and successful mystery writer Charles Condomine, who wants to learn more about paranormal phenomena for a novel he’s composing, so invites to his home a professional spiritualist, the eccentric and clairvoyant Madame Arcati. But, to Charles’ dismay, her botched séance brings forth a series of happenings that the seemingly unflappable Charles is totally at a loss to cope with. This singularly outlandish romantic farce, which treats mortality with a large dose of frivolity, continues after seven decades to play with grace, wit, and elegance that make it unsurpassed in the comedic arena.
Noël Coward (1899-1973), playwright, composer, actor and singer, created upwards of fifty published plays over a span of some six decades, and performed in a good many of them! Among his best-known are Hay Fever (1925); Private Lives (1930); Design For Living (1932); Present Laughter (1939); and of course, Blithe Spirit, which to this day “… can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment.” (The New York Times). Written in 1941, it premiered in the West End in London, enjoying a record nearly 2000 performances, later moving to Broadway to run nearly 700 performances. Coward adapted it to a film version in 1945, featuring Rex Harrison as Charles, and directed a musical rendition, High Spirits, in 1964. The play has enjoyed numerous revivals: among others, on Broadway in 1987, with Blythe Danner as Elvira; in the West End in 2004; again on Broadway in 2009, with a notable turn by Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati; and a West End revival in 2014 with Lansbury reprising her role as Arcati (at the age of 88!).
Performance dates are: April 13-29 Thu.-Sat. @ 8 pm, Sun. @ 2 pm. Tickets are available at $21.00 Online (no service charge), $25.00 At-door. (Thu. & Fri. eve performances 2-for-$32 Online, 2-for-$35 At-door). Students with valid ID $15.00, Seniors $22 (At-door, any performance). Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15.00 a ticket, paid in advance. The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations-direct call 215-247-9913. The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave. Visit website for details: www.thestagecrafters.org.
Special NOTE: A “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A session will be held following the performance on Friday, April 20. All attendees at that performance are welcome to stay afterwards!

Theater Address: 8130 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118 (Map It)
Theater Phone: (215) 247-8881
Theater Amenities: Wheelchair Accessible, Concessions, Coat Check, Heated/Air Conditioned, Close to public transportation

Price: $15 – $25
Purchase tickets online: http://www.thestagecrafters.org

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Ms. Bradford is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Bare Stage Theatre. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts, web development and digital marketing abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster over 30 years ago, and leading STAGE to new levels of success.

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