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I'll Leave It To You

A Light Comedy In Three Acts

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Author: Noël Coward
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 24,120 / 85 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,443
Added to site: 2010.01.21 26401
Genres: Drama, Humor

This is a youthful play, youthful in its ideas, its humour, its outlook on life, written by a youthful author. The charm of the play is undeniable, with two delightful characters; one, a feather-brained mother of five unruly sons and daughters, the other an elderly uncle with a strong love of his own voice and a joke and an uncontrollable power of romancing.

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have not seen him for six years.

BOBBIE. As a matter of fact it is jolly decent of him to be so prompt.

MRS. DERMOTT. Where's Oliver? He ought to be here to welcome him too.

BOBBIE (C.). Oliver has gone for a brisk walk, to keep fit he said, as if it made any difference whether he kept fit or not.

MRS. DERMOTT. It makes a lot of difference, dear. He is the athletic one of the family. (BOBBIE is annoyed.) I don't like the way you speak of him, Bobbie. We can't all compose songs and be brilliant. You must try and cultivate a little toleration for others, darling. (OLIVER passes window from L.) Oliver is a great comfort to me. Tibbets only said----

EVANGELINE (glancing out of the window). Here he is, anyhow. Who's going to tell him the news?

MRS. DERMOTT (rising, goes to stairs). Well, I've no time now, I must change my dress for Daniel. Turn on the lights, Bobbie; make everything look as cosy and festive as you can. (On stairs.

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
C. Alan Loewen

This reviewer finds NoŽl Cowardís comedic play Iíll Leave It To Youto be a rather odd little duck.

Did residents of London in 1920 actually talk that way?

The storyline is of mild interest. Uncle Daniel Davis has returned from South America to help out his widowed sister and her five children, inspiring them to work hard. He claims that having only a few years left to live, he will leave his vast fortune to the one who demonstrates achievement and success through hard work.

However, Uncle Daniel may have something else up his sleeve.

Reading the script, the language to this reviewer appears stilted. It may have been that Coward wanted to be trendy so uses what was for that time popular figures of speech, but to the American ear, I suspect it sounds stilted and rather pompous.

With its simple sets, if the dialogue and setting are modernized, it would make a nice play for a nonprofit or educational institution seeking an easy and entertaining amusement to fit into a fundraising program.

Craig Alan Loewen



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