Twiggy and Patricia Kalember play the two wives (one dead, one alive — for now) of Daniel Gerroll in a new production of Noel Coward's enduring comedy, Blithe Spirit, at the Bay Street Theatre of Sag Harbor, Long Island. The show, which began July 16, ends on Aug. 4.
Gerroll, a Bay Street favorite, also directs the show. Filling the fourth major role of the flighty old medium, Madame Arcati, is Dana Ivey. Gerroll's character, a English novelist, invites the medium to his country house to conjure as a way of gathering material for his new book. However, the Madame's visit ends up raising the spirit of the writer's late first wife, the beautiful and tempestuous Elvira — much to the consternation of the more sensible woman who took her place by Gerroll's side.
Gerroll and Kalember are husband and wife in real life. Both appeared in the thriller Accomplice (under Gerroll's direction) at the Bay Street last year. Gerroll's many Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include the recent An Experiment with an Air Pump and the upcoming House and Garden, both at Manhattan Theatre Club. Kalember was seen Off-Broadway in Arthur Kopit's Y2K.
Veteran Ivey is perhaps best remembered from her turns in two Alfred Uhry plays, Driving Miss Daisy and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. This season, she was seen in Major Barbara at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Twiggy's stage appearances are few but typically memorable. She is still well recalled for the Broadway musical My One and Only, in which she danced and sang opposite Tommy Tune. Most recently came If Love Were All, another Coward piece (a revue-style show about Coward and actress Gertrude Lawrence) which first played Bay Street and then Off Broadway. A cast album exists. She first made news as one of the top fashion models of the '60s. Ticket Information can be obtained by calling the Bay Street Box Office at (631) 725-9500, or visiting the Theatre's web site at www.baystreet.org.
—By Robert Simonson