By Noël Coward. Canberra Repertory. Directed by Kate Blackhurst. Theatre 3, Canberra, 21 November – 6 December 2014.
The inaugural season, in 1941 London, of Noël Coward’s tale (set in 1941) of the catastrophic results of a seance was so successful in raising war-weary spirits—so to speak—that it ran for years. Surely Canberra Rep’s present production would have been equally successful, hitting, as it does, all the right notes. Deadpan lines are delivered to devastating humorous effect.