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Plays 1 (World Dramatists)

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This first volume in the Coward Collection contains four plays written within a two year period when Coward and the century were still in their 20s. The volume is introduced by Sheridan Morley, Coward's first biographer.

"Hay Fever," a comedy of bad manners, concerns a weekend with friends of the Bliss family, who have all been invited independently for a weekend at their c
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by A&C Black
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On the one hand, the conflict in these four plays all rests in the idea that any sex outside of marriage is wrong and inside of marriage is unlikely. So, in a modern world where everyone has a past and where people don't have to stayed married if they don't want to (except politicians), the conflict feels odd. The other hand points out that he writes beautiful and witty dialogue, and that the plays are hilarious regardless.

The Introduction was very helpful to me, as I knew nothing of Coward's pe
Sep 24, 2011 Bruce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of P.G. Wodehouse, Edwardian drama, and Stephen Colbert
Noel Coward rocks, what-what. I say! Positively ripping, every bit as uproarious as P.G. Wodehouse, and yet a tad more substantive, hey-ho.

I took this book with me on a vacation cruise trusting to the assumption that Noel Coward and Cole Porter were identical twins separated at conception by the Atlantic Ocean, and of course knowing that aboard ship, Anything Goes. Also, it helped tremendously that my copy was but a small, lightweight paperback. Coward did not disappoint; I am here to tell you t
Ahhh brilliant.

Hay Fever: Flawless satirical comedy about a crazy family and their poor guests. I laughed quite a lot.

The Vortex: Starts off as a comedy, but it gets serious-er and serious-er and the by the ending it’s quite shocking. Nicky = boyfriend.

Fallen Angels: Highly amusing, it’s basically a 2 woman show… Two woman waiting for an old lover they both had years ago. It’s a roller coaster of emotions, and you feel bad for them, and for the husbands, but you laugh too.

Easy Virtue: Highly enj
Finished Easy Virtue. Liked the movie better. There were definitely moments that were all Coward, but it felt almost cut short. Like someone had taken a Coward play and edited it. Perhaps that's why the movie is so different. This one doesn't even feel like a Coward play. But it was still fun and I'm glad I read it
Patrick Neylan
Coward's early plays display a biting wit - although the funniest jokes are in the character descriptions rather than the diaglogue - and a satirical savagery on 'modern' (i.e. 1920s) social mores. The theme is sexual and emotional repression, giving him the feel of an 'angry young man' three decades early.
Sam Pryce
Nothing short of excellence, which is the case with anything by Coward. It's astonishing how young he was when writing these. And he writes so well for women too!
This was for the BBC radio drama version of Easy Virtue. It's a Coward play, so it of course held charm and wit in spades.
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Sir Noël Peirce Coward was an English actor, playwright and composer of popular music. Among his achievements, he received an Academy Certificate of Merit at the 1943 Academy Awards for "outstanding production achievement for In Which We Serve."
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