BBC Play of the Month: Season 14, Episode 6

Design for Living (6 May 1979)

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Rula Lenska ...
Clive Arrindell ...
Otto
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Leo
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Ernest Friedman
Dandy Nichols ...
Helen Horton ...
Vincent Marzello ...
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Matthew (as Brittain Saine Walker)
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very funny, sharp and well-observed
12 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a frightful trio we have here in Noel Coward's witty comedy - Rula Lenska as Gilda, impetuous, self-centred, beautiful, enchanting; Clive Arrindell as Otto, hysterical, pre-occupied, dim; and John Steiner as Leo, detached, unfocused, and devoted.

The trio act and speak like no one ever does in reality - and so the three actors make Coward's lines sparkle, although they could tone down on the yelling at each other all the time.

Still, this play is a fair attempt to catch a not altogether easy to manage story, and there's good support from John Bluthal and Dandy Nichols.


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