‘This Was A Man’

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408164266.00000027
Acts: 3. Scenes: 2. Roles: Male (4) , Female (5) , Neutral (0)

A light-heartedly satirical comedy of seduction and infidelity, ’This Was A Man’ follows a love triangle in which no-one loves really loves anyone at all. Edward is married to Carol, though as a marriage it has little integrity any more, as Carol’s infidelities are a badly kept secret. Evelyn, after seeing how his friend is wearied by his spouse’s inconstant behaviour, decides that Carol needs to be taught a lesson, and sets about seducing her in order to catch her red-handed. But Carol, though not the cleverest of socialites, is brilliant at games of the heart, and soon it is she who is seducing a very flattered Edward. Banned by the Lord Chamberlain for what was considered a too facetious treatment of adultery, the play was first shown in 1926 in New York.

From Coward Plays: 8

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Noël Coward

ISBN: 9780413755100

Series: World Classics

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