From left, Kate McDermott as Elvira, Nathan Thompson as Charles, LaurenGoode as Ruth in Blithe Spirit at Piccolo Theatre.Photo by REP3

Piccolo Theatre finishes its 2012-2013 season with “Blithe Spirit” by Noël Coward. Successful author Charles Condomine and his wife Ruth invite spiritualist Madame Arcati for a séance as research for Charles’ new book. The novelty of this midsummer’s diversion has unexpected results when Charles’ former wife, Elvira, appears with a seductively supernatural agenda.

A highly comedic battle of wits plays out in this ethereal and corporeal love triangle. In this world where wit is a weapon but also a mask, truth and mystery unravel as Charles and Arcati lift the spirits from limbo to levity.

The play is directed by Piccolo associate artistic director Christopher Marino, and the cast includes Piccolo Theatre Company members Lauren Goode (Ruth), Vanessa Hughes (Mrs. Bradman), and Jason Martin (Dr. Bradman); with Kevin Bishop (Charles), Kate McDermott (Elvira), Joan McGrath (Madame Arcati), Genesee Spridco (Edith), and Alyson Grauer, Claire Hart and Nathan Thompson (understudies).

“Blithe Spirit” previews March 15-17 and opens at 8 p.m. on March 22, with a free reception to follow. Performances run March 23 – May 11; all performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets and additional information are available at 847-424-0089 or www.piccolotheatre.com.