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British comedy to make Vermont debut

MIDDLEBURY - "Enlarge, enliven, enlighten" is the mantra of Lettice Douffet, title character in the Middlebury Community Players' production of the British comedy hit, "Lettice and Lovage," coming to Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Feb. 19-22.

Raised in an eccentric environment - an all-female theatrical troupe, performing Shakespeare's history plays in French - Lettice has a passion for the theater and for history, and an intolerance of what she calls the mere. When she finds work as a tour guide in an extremely grey manor house, where nothing of interest has ever occurred, she sets out to enliven its history.

What follows is a beautiful, hilarious story of a bizarre friendship built on mutual passion for art, architecture, and history with an embellished twist.

British playwright, Peter Shaffer, best known for his serious plays, "Equus" and "Amadeus," surprised the theater world when he opened this comedy at London's Globe Theater in 1987. The historical references and comedic spin exemplify what we expect from what Shaffer calls "a very British play."

Director Joann Langrock, having delighted in the London production starring Dame Maggie Smith, is thrilled to finally share the fun with Addison County theater goers.

The local production features Jyoti Daniere as Lettice Douffet and Elizabeth Christensen as the stern bureaucrat she befriends. Joyce Huff returns to the stage in a marvelous cameo role as an annoying little hummingbird of a secretary.

For tickets and times, call 382-9222.

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