Waiting in the Wings

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408163016.00000024
Acts: 3. Scenes: 7. Roles: Male (3) , Female (14) , Neutral (0)

At The Wings, a retirement community for former actresses, plans are afoot for a charity evening; a group of younger actresses are to come to give a fundraising performance for the ladies of the home. This event, and the arrival of a new resident, piques rivalries among the former greats as the bickering badinage of their former days is revisited in their dotage with aplomb.

Sheridan Morley writes in his introduction that 'the play has moments of near-Chekhovian dignity and melancholy [as well as] insights into the processes of ageing for people who have made their careers out of youth'.

Waiting in the wings was written as Coward entered his sixties: it was his fiftieth play, and was first performed in Dublin in 1960.

From Coward Plays: 5

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Noël Coward

ISBN: 9780413517401

Series: World Classics

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