Theater: A Down-to-Earth Happy Medium: BLITHE SPIRIT

Down-to-Earth Happy Medium BLITHE SPIRIT by Noel Coward

Few stage effects are harder to bring off for modern audiences than a manifestation of the supernatural. Try as directors may for some Freudian hallucinatory explanation of Macbeth, for example, the story makes little sense unless the witches are actual witches. This doesn't mean the supernatural must be portrayed as exotic: the most chilling thing about those women might be their normality, as if they were plump, middle-aged matrons nattering across a backyard fence about their ability to conjure spirits. That very perception of character seems to have guided Geraldine Page in a less malevolent but equally necromantic role, the ghost-summoning...

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