PrivateLives to debut at Blaine Community Theater

Published on Thu, Feb 10, 2005 by Judi Joyner

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Private Lives to debut at Blaine Community Theater

By Judi Joyner

Blaine Community Theater is staging a production of “Private Lives” written by Noel Coward and directed by Mikael Kenoyer.

Coward’s “Private Lives,” written in 1930, is now considered a classic example of high comedy and scintillating wit. In 1931 it played on Broadway starring one of the most polished actresses of her time, Gertrude Lawrence, and the playwright himself.

The central characters are Elyot and Amanda as divorced, aging (“Isn’t it horrid when one begins to crumble?”) upper-class lovers who cannot live with or without each other. The artfully constructed, consciously contrived plot has them unknowingly sharing a terrace in a French resort hotel where they have both gone on honeymoon with their new young and intellectually challenged spouses.

Horrified by the unexpected coincidence, the older lovers urge their new mates to join them in immediate flight, pleas instantly rejected by the resentful younger pair who individually storm off to dinner alone. Side-by-side on the porous terrace, Amanda and Elyot’s fears inevitably materialize: the never extinguished, still smoldering embers of their love reignite and the enflamed pair abscond to her flat in Paris and the story continues hilariously from there.

Show dates: February 18 - March 6, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 under 18. Adult themes.

The play is presented at the Blaine Community Theater, 1733 H Street (next to the RiteAid). Call 392-0582 for tickets & information.