Fallen Angels | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 10 2016
Price: $42.50-$52.50
Noël Coward's rarely revived 1925 farce is a giddy delight in the hands of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. Director Shannon Cochran and her excellent cast enhance Coward's cheeky repartee with unexpected physical comedy. The "fallen angels" of the title are London society wives Jane (Eliza Stoughton) and Julia (Emjoy Gavino), best friends since their schoolgirl days. Settled contentedly into comfortable though boring marriages, the ladies—whose stuffy husbands (Jesse Dornan and Fred Geyer) have conveniently left town for a golfing holiday—are jolted by news of an imminent visit from Maurice (Joshua Moaney), a dashing Frenchman with whom both women had had affairs prior to getting married. Awaiting their ex-lover's arrival, Jane and Julia experience an excitement they haven't felt in years—fueled in no small part by the copious amount of champagne served by Julia's enigmatic housekeeper with a mysterious past (Annabel Armour). Written when Coward was in his early 20s, this Jazz Age gem—daring in its day for skewering conventional attitudes about female friendship and sexuality—hilariously mixes stylish sophistication with screwball zaniness. —Albert Williams



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