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Tim F
The parking garage is kind of tucked away, so definitely pay close attention to your GPS directions. At $10, parking's a little pricey, but you're right across the plaza from the theatre entrance.
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Bette Harris
We parked in a General Parking lot very close to the Greek Restaurant. It was only $3 for the day on Sunday.
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attended Sep 01 2011

I have to temper the enthusiasm I have for the actors' performances, because of the uncontrollable fact that the 2nd and 3rd Act of the play is rather dated. They couldn't overcome the farcical elements that overwhelmed the last half of the play....continued

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attended Sep 03 2011

A delightful Noel Coward classic. Very light and amusing.

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attended Sep 16 2011

an english version of "who's afraid of virginia wolf" but with alot less viciousness and much more humour. very enjoyable!

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Description

In Noel Coward’s Private Lives, sparks fly when Amanda and Elyot, formerly married to each other, find themselves in adjoining hotel honeymoon suites – each with a brand-new spouse in tow.

Long Beach-based director Luke Yankee comes home and full circle when he directs Private Lives for International City Theatre_.

_“Directing this production is very personal for me,” he says. “It means returning to the Long Beach Performing Arts Center where I was artistic director of the Long Beach Civic Light Opera 14 years ago.”

Yankee continues, “_Private Lives _is one of my favorite plays. I love the sophistication, the dialogue that sparkles like good champagne, the witty repartee, and the whole aspect of these very wealthy, privileged adults acting like impulsive children.”

Yankee continues, “_Private Lives _is one of my favorite plays. I love the sophistication, the dialogue that sparkles like good champagne, the witty repartee, and the whole aspect of these very wealthy, privileged adults acting like impulsive children.”

In Private Lives, Amanda and Elyot can’t live together and they can’t live apart. When they discover they are honeymooning in the same hotel with their new spouses, they not only fall in love all over again – they learn to hate each other all over again too. Abandoning their new spouses, the reunited couple soon realizes the same issues that ended their first, turbulent marriage continue to plague them. Coward’s biting wit and absurd irreverence unmask the conventions and social rituals by which people present their “public’” selves to the world, revealing the “private” passions and motivations that lie beneath a veneer of etiquette and respectability. It’s a dark comedy of manners that remains sharply relevant today in a world filled with tabloid scandals and celebrity journalism.

When first produced in 1930, Private Lives was an instant critical and commercial success, earning Coward the honor of being the highest paid author in the English speaking world. He also enjoyed playing the role of Elyot for some time after the play’s premiere, alongside his dear friend Gertrude Lawrence. Subsequent revivals on Broadway and the West End have earned nominations and major theater awards including Drama Desk, World Theatre, and Tony Awards.

The ICT production stars Freddy Douglas (praised by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the best Hamlets in memory” for his performance at A Noise Within) as Elyot; Caroline Kinsolving (most recently seen as Kate in _The Taming of the Shrew _for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company) as Amanda; Jennice Butler (previously directed by Luke Yankee in The Women) as Sibyl; Adam J. Smith (last seen at ICT as Bob in How the Other Half Loves) as Victor; and Wendy Cutler (improv comedy with Off the Wall, L.A. TheatreSports, and Funny You Should Ask) as Louise.

About the Ticket Supplier: International City Theatre

ICT is committed to bringing the Southern California community affordable, quality, professional theatre that is entertaining, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally satisfying; and to continuing its growth as a major regional theatre in America.