Friday, August 15, 2008

Boston Theatre-The Roaring Twenties

A.A. Milne never quite escaped the shadow his Winnie the Pooh stories cast over his literary reputation. I didn't know of him as primarily a successful playwright until Boston Director Dan Bourque told me he was putting on a Milne play.

Bourque is presenting Milne's comedy of manners, The Truth About Blayds, at the Footlight Club this weekend only. The press release says,

"For the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, the family of the great poet Oliver Blayds has gathered to celebrate his life. On hand are three generations of Blayds to observe the event, and a writer who has come to pay respects from an enthusiastic collection of grateful poets. As the day passes, the compliments fly and the drink flows. But all is not as it seems in the estate of Oliver Blayds and a scandal many years in the making that has the potential to stain the family name forever is about to be revealed."

With a genuine Noel Coward revival going on around Boston, (Hay Fever is still on at the Publick,)it should be interesting to see the Milne play which sounds like the type of popular play that Coward was writing and starring in during the early twenties. Coward's first light three act, I'll Leave it To You, was produced in 1920, the same year as Blayds, and was of the class of play known as an "inheritance comedy."

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