Theater: Houseghost

High Spirits is better as a showcase than a show. Such improbable sprites as Bea Lillie and Tammy Grimes exist in the imagination of no playwright, not even Noel Coward, who wrote Blithe Spirit and directs this musical derived from it.

Bea is an earthbound Nijinsky who can entrechat her way across a stage in half-inch leaps. Footwork is needlework to Bea—she crochets with her toes. If playgoers dare to laugh at her outlandishly comic bits of business, she freezes upon them the look of an embalmed codfish until they burst out laughing all...

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