Blithe Spirit

September 26, 2013 - 4:45pm
Review: Syracuse Stage's production of 'Blithe Spirit' drags through Act 1 but bursts into hilarity when the action picks up.

Known as “the funniest ghost story ever,” the light-hearted 1940s comedy Blithe Spirit not only made people laugh when they were suffering the pain of war in London’s West End, but also conquered audiences on Broadway and became a classic that has been staged hundreds of times over.

Unlike other classics with complicated plots and profound thoughts, Blithe Spirit owes its enduring fame to its sense of humor.

September 9, 2013 - 12:29pm
"Blithe Spirit" opens Sept. 18, but Gretchen Darrow-Crotty and her team have been preparing since the summer for this performance.

It’s the calm before the storm. A chance to breathe before the chaos.

The Syracuse Stage season begins in September and usually ends in late April or early May, which leaves the summer months void of performances and gives those who work for the company some semblance of a break.

But that doesn’t mean Gretchen Darrow-Crotty hasn’t already been hard at work since last season ended.