Noël Coward’s early play “Fallen Angels,” which the playwright dashed off when he was just 25, isn’t as well known as his frequently revived hits “Blithe Spirit,” “Present Laughter” or “Private Lives.” But Friday, the Irish Classical Theatre company, which has already burned through much of the Coward canon, will take a crack at his characteristically cheeky send-up of aristocratic sexual mores in British society.
The play deals with the fraught sexual past of Jane and Julia, two close friends played by Diane Curley and Bonnie Jean Taylor. Each of them had a fling with the same man (Adriano Gatto), something of a player who is just now re-entering their lives after a long absence. Given that Jane and Julia are now married to men for whom they seem to have no particular affection, the return of this handsome figure from their past provides plenty of comic and dramatic fodder. In typical Coward fashion, as more alcohol flows, the characters get funnier and the stakes get higher.
The production, directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti, also stars Brian Mysliwy, Matt Witten and Annette Daniels Taylor. Tickets are $39. Call 853-4282 or visit www.irishclassical.com.
– Colin Dabkowski