The elegance of the 1930s takes the stage in PlayMakers’s production of the comedy classic “Private Lives” tonight.
Written by English playwright Noel Coward, “Private Lives” tells the story of a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, realize that they are staying in adjacent rooms in the same hotel.
“It’s a classic relationship comedy,” said Sean Daniels, director of the production. “We’ve been doing this play for 80 years because it’s about the choices we make in life. Do we choose what’s exciting, volatile and potentially great, or what’s calming, steadfast and stable?”
Peek into “private lives”
Time: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2:00 p.m.; Feb. 1, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Paul Green Theatre
Daniels, named one of the 15 up-and-coming artists in the United States by American Theatre Magazine, has had great interest in directing a classic theatrical comedy and said he’s excited to bring it to life for audiences today.
“People can sometimes worry about seeing classical theater, like it’s code for boring and let’s get some sleep in, but there are truly few shows as vibrant, charming, and funny as this,” he said. “We often refer to it as drinking a glass of champagne and then having a cupcake. It’s so sugar-filled and delightful — it in no way feels like a soggy, old piece.”