A reading of the “Improbable Farce” Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Strauss Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way.  Tickets are $12 each and may be purchase through BIG ARTS by calling 239-395-0900 or on-line at www.BIGARTS.org prior to the performance.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The synopsis of the play is that one evening skeptical novelist Charles Condomine invites local medium Madame Arcati to his home for a séance, hoping to gather material for a new book.  She inadvertently summons the host of Charles’ late first wife, Elvira.  Only Charles can see or hear Elvira who attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage.  Elvira sabotages Charles’ car, but it is Ruth who drives off and is killed. Ruth’s ghost comes back for revenge on Elvira. Charles calls Madame Arcati back to exorcise both of the spirits.  They vanish, taunting Charles as they go. He wishes them both a sarcastic farewell as the ghosts smash things around the room. 

Local artists will perform the following roles:  Jana Stone (Madame Arcati) has an extensive arts background having performed in plays, musicals, and worked as a director in Cleveland and Florida.  Molly Downing (Elvira) has performed with the Community Players in Love Letters and Dear Elizabeth, Lady Godiva at Flamingo Landing 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 & Director) has directed play readings for the Community Players. He has performed professionally with the American Repertory Theater, and has directed plays in Florida, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Noel 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 twentieth Century.