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Private Lives

"Private Lives, the romantic comedy written by actor/writer/musician and song writer Noel Coward, was presented on February 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, & 18, 2007 at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre as the 2nd play of the 74th season.

"Private Lives" was written by Noel Coward in 1930. Coward, who also starred in the first production alongside Gertrude Lawrence and Laurence Olivier, wrote the play specifically with Lawrence in mind. The play was conceived on a trip around the world, and completed in only four days, while Coward was convalescing in the Peace Hotel (then known as the Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai after a bout of influenza. It was Coward's most enduringly successful work and is generally regarded as the high point of his career both commercially and artistically.

The action concerns a divorced couple, Amanda and Elyot, both recently remarried, Amanda is married to Victor. Elyot is married to Sybil. The two couples accidentally book adjoining suites at the same hotel for their honeymoons. Where Amanda and Elyot are forced to confront each other and soon realize that the feelings they once had for each other are still strong. So they run off together, leaving their new spouses confused and chasing after them. But when Elyot and Amanda spend more time with each other, they realized why they divorced in the first place and begin one of their famous fights to end all fights. Or does it?
 

Production Staff and Cast:

Production Staff

Director

Tom Matriciano

Producers

Jan Novotny

Stage Manager

Martin Jamison

Set Designer

Peter M. Piane

Set Building Head

Tom Novotny

Stage Crew

Eva Hudson

Lights Operator

Tom Matriciano

Sound Operator

Frankie Caruso

Cast

Victor Prynne

Leon F. Briick

Amanda Prynne

Rae H. Williams

Sybil Chase

Tina Matriciano

Elyot Chase

Mike Manolakes

Louise (1st week)

Ashley Osborne

Louise (2nd week)

Dana Buxbaum