Surprising guest stays for a while in The Village Players Blithe Spirit By Maria Tzavaras Bloor West Villager May   There is one rule in the occult never dabble in it especially if your intentions ar
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Surprising guest stays for a while in The Village Players’ Blithe Spirit By Maria Tzavaras Bloor West Villager: May 4, 2014 There is one rule in the occult: never dabble in it especially if your intentions are dishonest. In The Village Players latest show, Blithe Spirit, a comedy by Noel Coward, the consequence of doing so is revealed in a show that will make you laugh and think about what you’d do if you had a chance to reunite with someone on the other side. When Ruth and Charles Condomine (Diane Franz, Liam Doherty) invite their friends Dr. George and Mrs. Bradman (Steve Ness, Heli Kivilaht), for a sance to at their home, it conjures up some unexpected results. Charles, a novelist, has actually set up the sance to research how mediums behave for his next novel, and has no belief in it whatsoever. Enter medium Madame Arcarti (Anne Harper), who, from her wild clothes to her mannerisms, is as eccentric as she is serious about her work. She does the sance complete with music, lighting, a shaky table and herself in a hilarious trance that ends with her unconscious. Seemingly, nothing happens, but something did happen – the spirit of Charles’ first wife, Elvira (Anna Adamska), has returned from the dead, and the best part? Only Charles can see and hear her. This makes for some funny scenes between Charles and Ruth, who thinks some of the words exchanged by Charles and Elvira are meant for her. Once Elvira proves her presence and that Charles isn’t crazy, they now have to deal with the consequences. They’re stuck with the ghost of Elvira, who has no intention of leaving, much to the dismay of Ruth who can’t stand the situation and doesn’t trust the intentions of their new house guest. If the situation isn’t bad enough, Madame Arcarti has no way of sending Elvira back, and the ghost, still very much in love with Charles, has some secret plans of her own that further changes everything. This show is uniquely entertaining and one that keeps you guessing. What is Elvira up to, will she succeed and how will they ever get rid of her? The dialogue is smart and engaging, and a lot of arguing between the man and his two wives. Harper gives a believable and hilarious portrayal of the character Madame Arcarti with her over-the-top scenes which is a real crowd-pleaser. Ness and Kivilaht are fantastic as the curious onlookers, Dr, and Mrs. Bradman, and offer some fantastic one-liners. Franz as Ruth, Adamska as the sultry Elvira and Doherty as Charles portraying the love triangle from hell, not only makes for some entertaining scenes, but they are talented performers both individually and as a trio. Their unique situation also makes for some good comedy. Since the show is set in the 1940s, the costumes are pure eye candy. The men wear proper suits and the women wear beautiful period dresses. The set is rigged to create the special effects in this show, helping to create a fun, ghostly atmosphere. The show is long, and with two intermissions it runs almost three hours. But it’s a unique story with some twists that will keep you guessing (and laughing) until the end. Blithe Spirit runs until May 17, 8 p.m., The Village Playhouse, 2190 E. Bloor St. W. Regular tickets are $20. For tickets, please call 416-767-7702 or visit village-players.net http://www.insidetoronto.com/whatson-story/4497578-surprising-guest-stays-for-a-while-in-the-village- players-blithe-spirit/