Albright Theater in Batavia to Stage Comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ as First Play of 2022 – Shaw Local


Albright Community Theater will kick off the 2022 season on a comedic note with Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” weekends February 18 through March 5.

This classic comedy follows picky and cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, who remarried after the death of his first wife, Elvira. When a particular seance summons the ghost of his late wife, Charles is forced to face his past.

“It combines humor, the supernatural and an eclectic psychic into a delightful package that will leave audiences spellbound,” Warrenville director Nick Schaeffler said in a press release. “Noel Coward’s screenplay is exquisite and the actors really bring it to life. I’m just excited for people to see it.

Cast includes Connor Murray from Geneva as Charles; Schaumburg’s Paige Woods as Ruth; Rolling Meadows’ Dianne Wawrzyniak as Madame Arcati; Des Plaines’ Rhys Read as Dr. Bradman; Sugar Grove’s Judy Swanson as Mrs. Bradman; Sylmarie Soto de Naperville as Elvira; and Montgomery’s Nikki Harris as Edith. Erin Cauley of South Elgin is stage manager.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from February 18 to March 5, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday February 27. All spectators will be required to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students and seniors over 65 and can be purchased at Tickets are also available for purchase with cash or credit card at the box office as long as seats are available. Reservations are recommended. For more information, contact the box office at 630-406-8838.

Founded in 1974, the Albright is an entirely volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The theater is located at 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia, on the third floor of the Batavia Government Center at the Batavia Riverwalk.


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