Private Lives | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Private Lives Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 7 2010

Of the theater’s great romantic sparring partners, none--not even Shakespeare's Beatrice and Benedick--are as evenly matched as Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne, the contentious, amoral, effortlessly hilarious divorced couple who reenter each other's lives while honeymooning with new spouses in this brilliant 1930 comedy by Noel Coward. Director Gary Griffin emphasizes the play's knock-down, drag-out quality by seating the audience on all sides of the stage, as at a prize fight, and putting the players on a well-appointed, slowly revolving turntable that has them constantly circling each other. The twirling is slightly nauseating, but the acting is solid. As Elyot and Amanda, Robert Sella and Tracy Michelle Arnold find the right mix of sophistication and jagged edges. --Zac Thompson

Price: $44-$75


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