Lifestyle ColumnistsNeil McKenty
Noel Coward at the Segal
When discussing Peter O’Toole’s performance in Lawrence of Arabia, Noel Coward told the actor, “If you’d been any prettier, it would have been “Florence of Arabia.”
Although Coward was in a loving 30-year homosexual relationship, he never formally acknowledged being gay. “There is still a woman in Paddington Square who wants to marry me,” he said. “I don’t want to disappoint her.”
It is this kind of brilliant and irreverent humour that will keep them laughing when the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre presents Fallen Angels, a hilarious comedy from Coward’s early period.
Written in 1925, the central characters are two friends, comfortably ensconced in just this side of ho-hum marriages, anticipating a visit from a former boyfriend. Maurice, French, handsome and debonnair, rekindles forgotten feelings of romance, with consequences to the women’s friendship. Fallen Angels: Oct. 22 - Nov. 12. Tickets: (514) 739-7944.
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