Theater: PlayMakers presents ‘Private Lives’

January 14, 2014 

— PlayMakers Repertory Company kicks off the new year with a sparkling comedy classic, “Private Lives” by Noel Coward, onstage Jan. 22-Feb. 9.

Sparks fly when divorced, newly remarried lovers land in adjacent honeymoon suites one glorious evening on the Riviera igniting a timeless battle of the sexes. A comic masterpiece wrapped up in the epitome of 20th century glamour and whip-smart wit of the incomparable Noel Coward, Private Lives is sophisticated, urbane, and as hilariously catty as they come.

The New York Times called the Tony and Olivier Award-winner an enduring marriage of wit and lustone of the funniest comedies of the 20th century. The Times of London wrote, "What an entertaining play it is!"

Coward, an English playwright, composer, director and actor, known for his wit, charm, and what Time Magazine called a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise starred in the original 1930 production. He later wrote, The critics described “Private Lives” as gossamer, iridescent, and delightfully daring. All of which connoted in the public mind cocktails, repartee and irreverent allusions to copulation.

PlayMakers performances will be in the Paul Green Theatre in UNCs Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, Feb. 1.

Theater-goers can add to their enjoyment with special Cafe Society seating.For $20 in addition to the price of a Section A show ticket, a Cafe Society upgrade includesfloor seating surrounding the stage next to the action, plus mocktails designed by The Crunkleton and appetizers and coffee from The Weathervane at Southern Season served 1930s style.

For a complete schedule, more information and to purchase tickets, call 919-962-PLAY (7529) or visit playmakersrep.org. Individual ticket prices start at $15. Tickets are also available as part of PlayMakers subscription packages.

PlayMakers company members Julie Fishell and Jeffrey Blair Cornell will play the couple with tempestuous marital history. They appeared together last season as Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz in “Cabaret” and in very different guises as Prospero and Caliban in PlayMakers recent production of “The Tempest.”

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