“It’s a pity you didn’t have any more brandy; it might have made you a little less disagreeable.”
Noël Coward’s fast-talking, manners-breaking comedy makes its STC debut to finish a stellar season. The play opens in a blissful hotel in France where divorcées Elyot and Amanda are on honeymoon with their new spouses. One evening, the ex-couple discover each other on neighboring balconies and as they try to maintain a veneer of etiquette and respectability, old feelings make matters complicated. What follows is a boxing match of words, manners laced with subtext and glamour that rendered this play as the epitome of Noël Coward’s style and technique. Private Lives is a witty and irreverent play about the people we cannot live with or without.
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