Posts Tagged: Blithe Spirit review

Bad manners laughable in PICT Classic Theatre British farce ‘Blithe Spirit’

Vera Varlamov (right) plays the ghostly Elvira brought back from the dead by a seance who refuses to leave her remarried husband Charles Condomine, played by Dan Rodden, in PICT Theatre's 'Blithe Spirit' at The Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland, opening May 3rd, 2014.

by Alice Carter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review An evening with the Condomines can be highly entertaining — and exasperating. The spouses at the center of “Blithe Spirit,” Noel Coward’s comedy of bad manners that opened the PICT Classic Theatre season, possess a sophisticated wit as dry and delicious as the martinis they consume. But, like many of… Read more »

When it comes to drawing-room comedies, it’s pretty hard to top Noël Coward

by Ted Hoover Here’s news — Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre has announced a name change. Henceforth the company will be known as PICT Classic Theatre. Some of you may recall the tumult from last season, when artistic director (and company co-founder) Andrew Paul was forced out and Alan Stanford assumed the post. So it’s… Read more »

‘Blithe Spirit’ is ghostly fun

Dan Rodden and Vera Varlamov in Blithe Spirit at PICT Classic Theatre. Photo by Larry Roberts, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Adrian McCoy / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Noel Coward wrote his classic supernatural comedy “Blithe Spirit” in 1941 under the looming shadow of World War II. With a mission to write something to lift the spirits of a war-weary England, he penned a story that let audiences laugh in the face of death. As the play’s… Read more »