Noel Coward's Private Lives, an Intimate Comedy, from City Lit Theater Company
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The last date listed for Private Lives was Sunday May 3, 2009 / 7:00pm.
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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...
The production features Don Bender and associate artistic director Cameron Feagin in the lead roles, and is directed by artistic director Terry McCabe.
About the Ticket Supplier: City Lit Theater Company
City Lit was founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1980 by Arnold Aprill, David Dillon, and Lorell Wyatt. At the time it was the only theatre in the nation devoted to stage adaptations of literary material, a form that has since become quite popular. Over 30 seasons, City Lit has explored fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biography, essays, and drama in performance, and presented a wide array of voices, from classic writers such as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Oliver Goldsmith, Mark Twain, Colette, and P. G. Wodehouse to such contemporary writers as Alice Walker, W.P. Kinsella, Lynda Barry, Raymond Carver, Edward Albee and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. As an Illinois not-for-profit corporation and a 501©3 federal tax-exempt organization, it keeps its ticket prices below the actual cost of operation and production, and depends on the support of those who share its belief in the beauty and power of the spoken written word.