Nélida Nassar 05.29.2012
The Huntington Theatre premieres Noël Coward’s Private Lives, a mirthful comedy of manners where a divorced couple Amanda and Elyot find themselves booked into adjoining honeymoon suites, with brand-new spouses in tow, Victor and Sybil, igniting dangerous sparks. The exes lunge and swing their way through Noël Coward’s wicked, witty best. They both discover romance and rivalry can be rekindled. This is a Noël Coward smart, elegant and stylish, romantic comedy. A spray of life’s contradictions on the themes of sex, money and social climbing prevails in this exceptional farce. Maria Aitken directs and interprets Coward’s essence with exquisite linguistic skills merging her experience as an actress and instincts as a director to create timeless humoristic moments. Her keen character analysis brings forth human nature intricacies and foibles. The play simply crackles with imagination, great writing, stylized dialogue, directing, and superior performances from leads Bianca Amato as Amanda and James Waterston as Elyot. You will laugh your way from the moment the curtain opens until back home.
By Noël Coward; directed by Maria Aitken; sets and costumes by Rob Howell; scenic design by Allen Moyer, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg; sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, production stage design by Leslie Sears and stage Manager Kevin Robert Fitzpatrick.
Tuesday May 28 to Sunday June 2, 2012 various time
2.00 p.m., 7.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.
With: Bianca Amato as Amada, James Waterston as Elyot, Autumn Hurlbert as Sibyl, Jeremy Webb as Victor and Paula Plum as Louise.
For more details and critical narrative about the play, read my colleague Mark Favermann’s column.
Originally Published in Berkshire Fine Arts