The story is about novelist Charles Condomine (Ron Severdia) and his wife Ruth (Robyn Wiley) who invite a bicycle-riding medium, Madame Arcati (Lynn-Audrey Tijerina), to give a séance at their house. During the course of the séance Charles’ prior wife, who died seven years ago, appears to Charles and refuses to leave. Since Elvira (Marianne Shine) is visible to only Charles and the audience, there is plenty of room for awkward comic moments between Charles and Ruth where Charles is talking to Elvira but Ruth thinks he’s talking to her. Jealously quickly develops between the two wives and all Charles wants is to escape on a long vacation from both women.
Noel Coward fans will probably enjoy this comedy, but in spite of a valiant effort by Ross Valley Players and a stunning set design, this play comes across as very dated to today’s audience.
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