2012-08-17 / Community

A Noel Coward Classic Comes To Post Theater


Frank Freeman and Leslie Ross. Frank Freeman and Leslie Ross. As the movie “First Wives’ Club” demonstrated, a first wife who has been “dumped” may be a source of irritation to a man when he decides to remarry. As the play Blithe Spirit demonstrates, the situation may become much more than a simple irritation if the first wife just happens to be deceased.

The play was originally written and produced in 1941.

After the ravages of World War II, the great playwright, Noel Coward, felt that the theater would be a good place for Brits to escape reality and created the plot of Blithe Spirit: As a means of obtaining first hand information concerning the occult for a book he is in the process of writing, the play’s main character, writer Charles Condomine, invites a clairvoyant to his home to conduct a séance. This harmless little parlor game results in a very personal glimpse into the spiritual world for the unwitting writer and a hilariously haunting theatrical experience for audiences.


l-r Chazmond Peacock, Frank Freeman and Susan Hartenstein. l-r Chazmond Peacock, Frank Freeman and Susan Hartenstein. The Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of Blithe Spirit is directed by Michael Wotypka and stars RTC audience favorite, Chazmond Peacock, as Charles Condomine. The very talented cast also features great RTC veteran actors including Susan Corning, Frank Freeman and Susan Hartenstein. Two excellent actresses, Reanna Flemmons and Yael Savitt, will make their debut performances in this production, while Luisa Boyaggi, who recently starred in Bye Bye Birdie, will be coming back.

As the final week of rehearsal began, the production staff appeared to be both excited and confident. As always, Mr. Tony Homsey and his amazing tech team have done an awesome job of constructing an English country house on the theater’s stage. Costumier Matthew Smilardi has worked his magic providing the actors with smart and authentic period costumes. Jenna Tipaldo does an amazing job stage managing her first main stage production, as have Assistant Directors Alan Rosenthal and Leslie Ross. The RTC production opens at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden this Friday night, August 17 and runs for three consecutive weekends. Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. After 70 years, Noel Coward’s wry British comedy is as blithe and spirited as when it first debuted in London. The early buzz is that the RTC has done it again and some performances have already sold out in advance reservations.


l-r Ruth (Reanna Flemmons, Charles(Chazmond Peacock) Madam Arcarti (Susan Corning). l-r Ruth (Reanna Flemmons, Charles(Chazmond Peacock) Madam Arcarti (Susan Corning). Call the RTC hotline, 718-374-6400 or go to www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org and reserve your tickets immediately. Failure to reserve your seat today will definitely come back to haunt you.



Susan Corning as Madam Arcarti. Susan Corning as Madam Arcarti.

The Condomines- Reanna Flemmons and Chaz Peacock. The Condomines- Reanna Flemmons and Chaz Peacock.

l-r Ruth, Charles and Edith. l-r Ruth, Charles and Edith.

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