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Angela Lansbury keeps spirits high in 'Blithe Spirit'
Angela Lansbury keeps spirits high in 'Blithe Spirit'

When Angela Lansbury takes the stage as Madame Arcati, the lovably outlandish medium in Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," a supernatural charge is instantly detectable. This five-time Tony winner doesn't need levitating tricks or inexplicable table knocks — they'll come later — to provoke goose bumps. Reprising her Tony-winning performance in Michael Blakemore's handsome production of "Blithe Spirit," which opened Sunday at the Ahmanson Theatre, Lansbury portrays Arcati with the wacky earnestness of an over-the-top acting guru. A cult crackpot who is at the same time a perfectly recognizable English eccentric, she addresses herself only to...

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