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Noël Coward Nights

In Writers on July 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Ticket Stubs for "Noël Coward in Two Keys" March 8, 1974

My late mother was a fan of Noël Coward.  She took me to several of his plays on Broadway in my early teenage years.  Circumstances were somewhat threadbare in those days but these evenings were exciting and glamorous.  We usually ended up at Sardi’s afterward straining to overhear conversations at the next table. Oh Coward was the first one we saw; it was 1971, my freshman year of high school.

We saw Noël Coward in Two Keys in March 1974 (see ticket stubs) starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.  The play was actually two short plays, Come Into the Garden Maud and A Song at Twightlight.

Later, in Boston, I saw one of Coward’s early and more serious plays, The Vortex, about a young man struggling with drug addiction.  Written in 1928, it was well ahead of its time.

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