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THEATRE REVIEW: Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Noel Coward’s spirited drawing room comedy “Blithe Spirit” is as ticklish and ephemeral as champagne bubbles but Thea Sharrock’s new production in the West End lets out most of the fizz and allows in all … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Noel Coward’s ‘Design for Living’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Noel Coward’s provocative play “Design for Living” caused more than a few corks to pop when it debuted in 1933 on Broadway with a recipe for happiness defined by a hedonistic menage-a-trois. The new Old … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Noel Coward’s ‘The Vortex’

By Ray Bennett Noel Coward wrote “The Vortex” in 1924 as a cautionary tale about the price to be paid for overindulging in the roaring ’20s, but his characters appear frightfully shallow and their antics tiresomely petty in the 21st … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Noel Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Noel Coward’s brittle and pathetic self-portrait of the matinee idol as the center of the universe is preserved more or less under glass in the National Theatre’s glossy new production. The play is set in … Continue reading

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