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Spirited wit

What's more fun than a drunken seance? In the mind of the great wit Noel Coward -- at least for one week in 1941 -- not much. Which is why he dashed off the breathless comedy "Blithe Spirit" in a mere six days, swiftly creating a collection of juicy comic characters who have been haunting stages around the world ever since.

The Kavinoky Theatre (320 Porter Ave.), in what is surprisingly its first attempt at the piece, opens "Blithe Spirit" tonight. The show involves a novelist (Chris Kelly), his wife (Kristen Tripp Kelley) and an eccentric medium (Anne Gayley), who accidentally brings forth the ghost of the writer's deceased ex-wife Elvira (Diane Curley). After that, things go a tiny bit mad in Coward's oh-so-sophisticated way. Kavinoky founder David Lamb, no stranger to Coward, directs.

Tickets are $36, with more information at 829-7668 or

-- Colin Dabkowski