Private Lives Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 14 2015

ShawChicago presents Noël Coward's 1930 comedy in a concert reading, with minimal staging and actors reading from scripts. The classic play concerns Elyot and Amanda, a divorced couple who fall in love all over again when they run into each other while honeymooning with their new spouses. Elyot (Michael Lasswell) and Amanda (Mary Michell) are temperamental, madcap nonconformists whose reignited romance flares in alternating bursts of passionate lovemaking and furious fighting. Under Barbara Zahora's direction, Lasswell and Michell don't quite achieve the flippant insouciance required for their characters—roles Coward created for himself and Gertrude Lawrence—but their mastery of the language brings out the delicious musicality of Coward's fast-flying repartee, a distinctive mix of sophisticated elegance and screwball absurdity. —Albert Williams

Price: $30, $25 seniors, $15 students

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