"Fallen Angels" Bubbles Over With Wit and Charm

Villanova brings Noël Coward’s sparkling humor to life Sept. 23 – Oct. 5, 2014

Fallen Angels

VILLANOVA, PA – Villanova Theatre proudly pops the cork on Noël Coward’s effervescent comedy Fallen Angels, directed by Rev. David Cregan, OSA and on stage September 23 – October 5, 2014. Wit, sophistication, and 1920s glamour are shaken (not stirred) in this intoxicatingly charming drawing-room farce by one of the world’s most gifted comic playwrights.

Mix two stylish London socialites in comfortable marriages with one devastatingly handsome Frenchman from their shared past, and you get a champagne cocktail of comedy that promises to leave audiences bubbling over with laughter. Julia and Jane are the best of friends until Maurice’s anticipated arrival pushes their loyalty to the limits.  With each successive glass of liquid courage, tongues start to loosen, rivalries surface, and the claws come out. Will Maurice arrive? Will he favor Julia or Jane? Will their longstanding friendship survive? (And will their unsuspecting husbands be suitably jealous?) Only time will tell!

In many ways, Coward’s Jazz-Era Fallen Angels set the stage for such iconic female comedy duos as Lucy & Ethel and Laverne & Shirley; as well as anticipating hit TV shows like “Sex and the City” and “Desperate Housewives.” Set in 1928 London, Coward’s comedy explores the seven-year itch, the foibles of friendship, sexual agency, and the nature of commitment. This is Coward at his inimitable best - gay, debonair, infinitely sophisticated, writing in the style that garnered him international acclaim as the most successful purveyor of high comedy, including theatrical classics Blithe Spirit and Private Lives.  According to Cregan, Fallen Angels is “deceptively frivolous. Coward wins the audience over with his trademark wit and style, but he’s actually making some bold statements about the role of women in the home and in society.” 

Villanova brings this “sublimely funny and seriously sophisticated” (Sunday Times) comedy to life with the help of a talented team of award-winning designers: Parris Bradley (Scenic Design), Janus Stefanowicz (Costume Design), Jerold Forsyth (Lighting Design), John Stovicek (Sound Design), Neill Hartley (Dialect Coach), and Meghan Winch (Dramaturg). The design team has juxtaposed masculine and feminine elements to highlight the tensions intrinsic to the script.

Cregan directs a cast of gifted comedians including second-year acting scholar Mitchell Bloom (Fred), and graduate assistants Jill Jacobs (Jane), and Christen Mandracchia (Saunders); as well as first-year graduate students Rebecca Jane Cureton (Julia), and Kyle Fennie (Willy), and Stephen Tornetta (Maurice).

Fallen Angels runs at Villanova Theatre from September 23- October 5, 2014.  Villanova Theatre is located on the Villanova University campus in Vasey Hall (at Lancaster & Ithan Aves.). Performances will be held Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets run $21-$25, with discounts available for seniors, students, M.A. in Theatre alumni, and groups. Tickets may be purchased at the Villanova Theatre Box Office (M-S, 12 -5 p.m.) in person, by phone: (610) 519-7474, or online at www.villanovatheatre.org.

About Villanova Theatre: Villanova Theatre is a community of artist-scholars committed to transforming hearts and minds through the visionary production of classical, modern, and contemporary dramatic literature. Our work is fueled by the imaginative striving common to Villanova’s accomplished faculty, versatile staff, and energetic graduate students. Together, we are devoted to creating a vibrant theatre enriched by and overflowing with the ideas explored in our classrooms. In all of our endeavors, we aim to share the dynamic experience of collaborative learning with our audiences in order to engage the intellect and stir the soul.  As a facet of Villanova University, Villanova Theatre serves the campus community as well as thousands of theatre-goers from the Main Line and the Greater Philadelphia area. 

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.