Theater: If Love Were All

Devised by Sheridan Morley

Born 100 years ago this December, the late Noel Coward will not lack for centenary celebrations. This off-Broadway revue-cum-memoir, about his friendship and collaboration with Gertrude Lawrence (The King and I), musters nearly 20 of his songs and is utterly charming. As Lawrence, '60s supermodel Twiggy is bright and bubbly (if overly nasal). As Coward, Harry Groener simply captivates. He wisely avoids mimicry, but his panache is pure Coward, and his renditions of Mad Dogs and Englishmen and other Coward specialties are dazzling.

--By William Tynan


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