Oh, Coward!

Music & Lyrics by Noel Coward; revue devised by Roderick Cook
Pear Theatre
Runs in Mountain View through July 15, 2018

L-R: Michael Rhone, Elizabeth Kruse Craig, Dan Kapler, Kristin Brownstone, Brad Arington. Photo: Michael Craig

Only the second musical ever to be produced in the Pear Theatre’s mainstage season, Oh, Coward! arrives as a sparkling summer cocktail, a welcome relief from doldrums and reading too much news. It also helps that it’s a splendid production, with a quartet of tuneful, seasoned performers. Sir Noël Coward’s witticisms and erudite songs have seldom been given better expression than in the Pear’s delightful show.

The revue was put together by Roderick Cook in 1972 as an homage to a career that spanned four decades, highlighting both well-known crowd pleasers and lesser-known gems. Coward’s last public appearance was at a gala performance of the revue in 1973. His lyrics are filled with satire and puns, surprising rhymes, and almost always tell a story. Rarely they wax poetic and thoughtful, giving us a lovely ballad or two. …

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Oh, Coward!