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‘Blithe Spirit: An Improbable Farce’ set for Strauss Theater

By Staff | Jan 16, 2019

A reading of “Blithe Spirit: An Improbable Farce,” by Noel Coward, will be performed on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater, at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Skeptical author Charles Condomine invites a local medium, Madame Arcati, to come for a sance, hoping to gather material for a book that he is writing. She inadvertently summons the ghost of Condomine’s late first wife, Elvira. Only Condomine can see and hear Elvira, who attempts to disrupt his marriage to Ruth. Elvira sabotages Condomine’s car, but it is Ruth who drives off and is killed. Ruth’s ghost comes back for revenge on Elvira. Condomine calls Madame Arcati back to exorcise both of the spirits. They vanish, taunting him as they go. He wishes them both a sarcastic farewell as the ghosts smash things around the room.

Coward was an English playwright, composer, director and actor, best known for his comedies and musical style. He is considered one of the most influential English cultural figures of the 20th Century.

The following local artists will perform in the reading:

– Jana Stone (Madame Arcati) has an extensive arts background, having performed in plays and musicals and worked as a director in Cleveland and Florida

– Molly Downing (Elvira) has performed with the Community Players in “Love Letters,” “Dear Elizabeth,” “Copenhagen” and “The Growers”

– Edina Lessack (Ruth) has considerable experience as a chorister, as well as a theater performer and director

– Alan Levine (Dr. Bradman) is a retired ophthalmologist who was in the Community Players’ reading of “Copenhagen”

– Robert Runck (Charles Condomine, plus director) has directed play readings for the Community Players and plays in Florida, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and he has performed professionally with the American Repertory Theater

Tickets are $12 each.

Advance tickets can be purchased at 239-395-0900 or www.BIGARTS.org.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.