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Feb. 12, 2007

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LA CROSSE, Wis. –   The Viterbo University Theatre Department will present Noel Coward’s famous comedy Blithe Spirit as part of the university’s Bright Star season Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

“Noel Coward is the quintessential British playwright of the 20th Century,” said director David Gardiner, who is a member of Viterbo’s theatre faculty. “Coward wrote the play in London during the blitz in 1940. His apartment was bombed, and from the trauma of that he wrote this light-hearted comedy that deals with death.”

The play, which deals with a man and two romantic interests, one alive and one a ghost, was a huge hit and is still performed around the world. Audience members will have a great deal to enjoy, Gardiner said.

Blithe Spirit has a wittiness of language, a great sense of style, and a beautiful set,” he said. “The play will delight the eyes and ears and tickle the funny bone.”

The performances are sponsored by the Lukasek Family Endowment Fund. Tickets are $16 for main floor, $15 for lower balcony, $12 for upper balcony seating. For more information, contact the Viterbo University box office at 608-796-3100 or


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