NoŽl Coward's Long Island Sound: A Comedy of Manners in Two Acts and Seven Scenes

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Barry Day
Samuel French, Inc., 2003 - Long Island (N.Y.) - 114 pages
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An English author on his first speaking tour in America is invited to spend a quiet and restful weekend at a new found friend's little place on Long Island Sound. In what might be described as a comedy of bad manners, he finds himself the guest curiosity at a large gathering of carousing theatrical and society people. Behavior he finds to be outrageous and lack of sleep (every time he tries to retire, his bedroom seems to attract a gathering or an amorous drunk) finally drive this mild mannered guest over the edge. Originally written in 1947 after Coward suffered similar experiences on both sides of the Atlantic, the play gathered dust for over fifty years because its characters were too recognizable to have the play produced in their lifetimes! This version, edited for presentation at TACT, trims the original cast of 27 to 22 while preserving the exquisite flavor of Coward's razor sharp comedy.

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