Orson Bean headlines Noel Coward play at Shadowland

Orson Bean in A Song at Twilight.

Noel Coward was pure class. Purely British, in tails, with a drink always in hand, he represented the wit (and wisdom) that went along with those elements of his nation’s pluck that saw them (and us) through the horrors of World War II.

Orson Bean, the silver-tongued stalwart of To Tell the Truth and a host of other classic panel game shows during the early years of television, as well as a regular on both Broadway and one-off television dramas for decades, has become something of a symbol of the highbrow drive that pushed us from the first postwar successes of the Ike years into the Camelot and Great Society highlights of the Kennedy/Johnson 1960s.

Join the two and you get a sense of the urbanity that has been concocted for Shadowland Theatre’s latest offering at its Equity-backed and newly renovated theatre in Ellenville: a new production of Coward’s late-period delight, A Song at Twilight. It’s all about what happens after legendary author Sir Hugo Latymer, summering in the Swiss Alps with his wife Hilde, is visited by his former lover with a stunning secret – and a surprise request.

Running this Friday, July 20 through Sunday, August 5, the new production is the middle show in what’s proving to be a particularly spectacular and critically acclaimed season for the seasoned theatre.

A Song at Twilight, by Noel Coward and starring Orson Bean, Alley Mills and Barbara Walsh, runs July 20 through August 5, with showtimes at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $30, $25 on Sundays, with a $2 discount for seniors and students. Shadowland Theatre is located at 157 Center Street in Ellenville, just in from state Route 209. For further information call (845) 647-5511 or visit www.shadowlandtheatre.org.

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