Review "Oh Coward" at Writer's Theatre: 'Mad About The Boy'!

Writers’ Theatre


A Musical Comedy Revue

Words and music by Noel Coward

Devised by Roderick Cook

Musical direction by Doug Peck

Directed by Jim Corti

Thru May 16th (ticket info)

“I am not a heavy drinker. I can sometimes go hours without touching a drop.”

Writers’ Theatre presents OH COWARD!, a musical revue celebrating the words and music of Noel Coward. Nicknamed “The Master,” Noel Coward (1899-1973) was a playwright, lyricist, composer, actor, singer, director and producer. The musical revue was devised by Roderick Cook, who won the Tony Award for Best Actor in 1987 for his performance in it. “It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” This memorable Coward quote reflects the philosophical basis and impetus for much of his work. The bawdy lyrics of songs like “Mrs. Worthington,” that tell a stage mother not to put her ugly daughter on stage, are shockingly hilarious. Coward is The Master in spinning tales of drinking indulgences, sexual indiscretions and people that annoy into delightfully witty tunes. A 1930’s party-goer would have been wise to cozy up to Coward for an evening’s amusement of gossip and to avoid becoming a target. Without Coward’s actual presence, OH COWARD! is the perfect party substitute.

Check out the rest of the review at Chicago Theater Blog.

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