Noel Coward's Private Lives, an Intimate Comedy, from City Lit Theater Company
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Master of fantasy Neil Gaiman's novel of a young girl who discovers a sinister new world comes to the stage in a musical adaptation by multiple Obie-winning playwright David Greenspan, with a score by indie-rock band The Magnetic Fields' singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt. In this dark fantasy, a young girl named Coraline discovers a magic door that leads to a strange new world where toys sing and dance and adults give her all the attention she craves. But there's something not right about this place. For one thing, all the grown-ups have black buttons for eyes, and it only gets weirder from there. Translating Gaiman's singular imagination into music, Merritt wrote a score for three different types of piano, including a toy piano for Coraline's songs and, to capture the off-kilter fantasy world, a "prepared" baby grand with various foreign objects attached to the piano strings. The results will transport you to a bizarre wonderland. Learn More
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This production deserves a much larger audience than it got. The dialogue sparkles and sizzles. All of the actors perform admirably well. The male lead has the right degree of sophistication and urbanity and the female lead has a remarkable way of balancing her controlled "perfect hostess" external and public image with her tumultuous interior. The only negative was a lack of any real chemistry betyween the leads. While not a perfect production, it was highly enjoyable and a very good bargain at the goldstar prices.
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The acting, directing and scenery were good...I just don't like this play, which I either recently decided or changed my mind. For Noel Coward, it definitely was inferior, descending as it does into slapstick, and abandoning the usual clever...continued
The production features Don Bender and associate artistic director Cameron Feagin in the lead roles, and is directed by artistic director Terry McCabe.