The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Nov. 17, 1941

Blithe Spirit (by Noel Coward; produced by John C. Wilson). Last spring Noel Coward,* erasing the war from his mind, stole out of bomb-scarred London to a quiet Welsh country house and in five days tossed off an "improbable farce." At the same time, he pulled off a nearly impossible job. One stage ghost was usually a little more than even Shakespeare could handle; Coward has done handsomely with two. One sprightly stage joke usually gives a playwright a good first act;

Coward has wispily but brightly spun out his joke through a whole evening. Blithe Spirit—as sure a hit for Broadway...

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