REVIEW - Longdson Amateur Dramatic Society's production of Private Lives truly sparkles
WHEN first performed at the Phoenix Theatre in London the second act of Noel Coward's Private Lives was almost censored as it was considered "too risque". Fortunately this did not happen and the play remains a favourite with audiences, conjuring up the delights of cocktails, evening dress and allusions to illicit intimacy.
Under the meticulous direction of Suzanne Edwards, Longsdon Amateur Dramatic Society's production, which runs until Saturday, catches the spirit of the age with imaginative period settings - especially the opening hotel balcony.
The delightful costumes enhance the ladies' contrasting characters - a black cocktail dress for the sophisticated Amanda and pink for the less experienced Sibyl.
Coward's comedy follows Elyot and Sibyl, who are on honeymoon in an hotel in Deuaville. In an adjoining suite, Victor and Amanda are also starting their new lives together.
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Previously Elyot and Amanda were in a volatile marriage but have been divorced for five years.
Elyot and Amanda beg their new spouses to leave the hotel but both refuse and each storms off to dine alone. The two realise they still have feelings for each other and, regretting their divorce, abandon their new partners and run away to Amanda's flat in Paris.
The groupings of the players and the precise diction and musicality of language displayed by all add to the humour and do full justice to the magic of Coward's skills. Each character is well defined and the varied pace enhances the development of the plot.
The L. A. D. S. production of Private Lives was much appreciated by an almost capacity audience and is an entertaining tonic to help dispel this depressing weather. It continues at Longsdon Memorial Hall until Saturday, March 23. For tickets, call 01782 503969 or 01538 373212.
- John Lee