{Read Epub} í Coward Plays 1: Hay Fever, The Vortex, Fallen Angels, Easy Virtue ⚤ eBook or Kindle ePUB free

{Read Epub} ì Coward Plays 1: Hay Fever, The Vortex, Fallen Angels, Easy Virtue ⚶ This first volume in the Coward Collection contains four plays written within a two year period when Coward and the century were still in their s The volume is introduced by Sheridan Morley, Coward s first biographer Hay Fever, a comedy of bad manners, concerns a weekend with friends of the Bliss family, who have all been invited independently for a weekend at their country house near Maidenhead The Vortex was a controversial drama in its time, introducing drug addiction onto the stage at a time when alcoholism was barely mentioned Fallen Angels, which is written for two star actresses was described as degenerate , vile , obscene , shocking the second half of the play is entirely taken up with an alcoholic duologue between the two women Easy Virtue is an elegant, laconic tribute to a lost world of drawing room dramas, no other writer went directly to the jugular of that moralistic, tight lipped but fundamentally hypocritical s society On the one hand, the conflict in these four plays all rests in the idea that any sex outside of marriage is wrong and inside of marriage is unlikely So, in a modern world where everyone has a past and where people don t have to stayed married if they don t want to except politicians , the conflict feels odd The other hand points out that he writes beautiful and witty dialogue, and that the plays are hilarious regardless.The Introduction was very helpful to me, as I knew nothing of Coward s pe On the one hand, the conflict in these four plays all rests in the idea that any sex outside of marriage is wrong and inside of marriage is unlikely So, in a modern world where everyone has a past and where people don t have to stayed married if they don t want to except politicians , the conflict feels odd The other hand points out that he writes beautiful and witty dialogue, and that the plays are hilarious regardless.The Introduction was very helpful to me, as I knew nothing of Coward s personal history I had no idea he was so prolifically and precociously talented Hay Fever 4 The Vortex 3.5 Fallen AngelsEasy Virtue All these plays have what is now old fashioned language but the plots and character interactions are interesting, though sometimes it takes a really long time for the intrigue to reveal itself I didn t care for The Vortex Hay Fever has the most melodrama, Fallen Angels has interesting twists, and Easy Virtue is the most challenging to traditional societal norms Would love to see these modernized. In Fallen Angels, two English wives who are having a bit of the seven year itch contend with the visit of an old flame who is a suave Frenchman They collide with each other, their husbands and, of course, the Frenchman.Builds slowly as the wives are the main focus then the husbands and Frenchman enter and chaos ensues It is hard to beat Coward s comedies of manner Highly recommend.