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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
It's still Noel Coward, and his plays, while hilarious are still tough to stage because they require so much from actors and directors.

But Phillip Gabriel is taking a shot at it anyway with his current staging of "Blithe Spirit" at the Riverside County Players theater.

And, like most who have gone this route, Gabriel has encountered several problems. However, Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky says, he has found ways to handle most of them.

They include reshaping the theater's arena stage, turning it into a oval setting. They also include Beatrice Casagran's madcap second act appearance that turns this comedy from a dull aging piece into a sparkling treat.

There are still many things about it that don't quite work, Sokolsky says. But those that do are definitely worth watching.
Episode Date: September 17, 2010
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