Sept. 14, 2015
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
In the British comedy, “Private Lives,” about love and loss, writer Noël Coward takes the audience on a ride reminding married couples why they are married in the first place.
Opening in southern France in the ‘30s, newlyweds Elyot (Mark Light) and Sibyl Chase (Megan Gainey) are enjoying their view from their hotel balcony.
Sibyl is significantly younger than Elyot and is insecure about his previous wife. In comical fashion, Elyot attempts to put her insecurities to rest.
As they go back in to get dressed for dinner, Elyot’s ex-wife Amanda Prynne (Elyse Knight) and her new husband Victor Prynne (Noah Wagner) begin to admire the scenery. Amanda has to try and quell Victor’s insecurities about her ex-husband as well.
It is evident to the audience that nothing good can come from this situation.
Elyot and Amanda end up on the balcony together waiting for their spouses. When Elyot begins to sing, Amanda realizes it is him and she joins in.
Immediately they are uncomfortable and feel the need to leave the hotel. Eventually, they end up alone on the balcony again.
The first act ends with Mr. Chase and Mrs. Prynne running away together to Paris. Their love is stronger than ever and the reasons why they divorced soon vanish.
The demographic of the audience were married couples, all about 45 years or older, and the play reflects that age group.
The acting was wonderful and the dialogue incited nonstop laughter. The beautiful set was reminiscent of 1930s France.
The actors relied solely on their voices to be heard, and at times it went from projecting to yelling. Some of the set will block the view of the actors for those sitting in the first few rows.
Director Luke Yankee is directing his fourth production of “Private Lives.” The happiness of the audience spoke volumes on how well it turned out.
“Private Lives” will run until Sept. 27.
Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater
3955 Regent Circle
Through Sept. 27.
Wed-Sat, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday matinees, 2 p.m.
Sundays, 4 p.m.
Free to students. Online reservations are preferred
About 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission