BWW Reviews: Lovely PRIVATE LIVES Graces GTC Stage in Burbank
by Noel Coward
@ GTC Burbank
through March 25
Noel Coward's wit is timeless. Many do not realize the extent of his repertoire, which includes comedy, drama and musicals. His works are irresistible, especially his now classic Private Lives that works to perfection when properly cast. In the latest revival by Table For Two at GTC Burbank, Jules Aaron has assembled a superior ensemble that mesh together like clockwork.
In the 1930s Coward was quite courageous to put forth such wildly flambuoyant characters as Elyot (Lenny Von Dohlen) and Amanda (Stasha Surdyke). His frivolous attitude toward divorce and adultery as told through their eyes was hardly commonplace, a far cry from the loose morality of today. Cowardesque wit and flair helped audience digest character flaws and accept Elyot and Amanda more readily. In any case, Coward himself as a homosexual took a rather perverted view of the marriage game, exposing spousal abuse openly and frankly. Either accept the possible negative aspects of what you are getting yourself into, or stay clear of it altogether...and that, he did. On the other hand, it is wise to see that being together is not a consistent bed of roses, and many diehard happily marrieds applaud the naughty diversions as a natural part of the bargain. The fights certainly highten the sexual entanglements that follow.
If you like your wit lyrical and lilting, look no further than to Noel Coward and to this well-conceived and executed production of Private Lives.