If you can't wait to kick off the holiday party season, don your best baubles and head to American Stage. A Marvelous Party! The Noel Coward Celebration is a sparkling confection based on the works of the wittily elegant British playwright (Private Lives), composer and performer.
This bubbly revue features a cast of four — Larry Alexander, Melissa Bayern, Lizzie Hagstedt and Matthew McGee — serving up Coward's wicked repartee in sketches and anecdotes and singing 33 of his sophisticated songs, including Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Mad About the Boy and The Party's Over. Just to make you feel even more like you're part of the party, American Stage is offering (at regular price) on-stage table seating for 20 people at each performance.
A Marvelous Party is in previews at 8 tonight; opening night, which includes a reception before the show at 6:30 p.m., is Friday. The play runs through Dec. 22. American Stage performs in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. For tickets and information, go to americanstage.org or call (727) 823-7529.
Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer