by Noel Coward
- CLOTA Center Stage
- Weekly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
- Starting on: 05/03/2012
- Ending on: 05/06/2012
When the lights go up on the Community Light Opera and Theater Association’s production of “Private Lives” the third week of April, audiences will be treated to one of Noël Coward's most enduring comedies from the 1930s. The hilarious romantic romp focuses on a divorced couple, Elyot and Amanda, who discover that they are honeymooning with their new spouses in neighboring rooms at the same hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, the two realize that they still have feelings for each other. Coward conceived the idea for “Private Lives” while convalescing from influenza in Shanghai and he wrote the play completely in only four days, creating the role of divorcée Amanda especially for his actress friend Gertrude Lawrence. When the play opened in 1931, the role was hers, with Noël Coward playing the lead role of Elyot himself. The premiere of the play also marked the stage breakthrough of a young man would become one of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century – Laurence Olivier, in the role of Victor. “Private Lives” debuted years before all modern theater awards had been conceived, but the 1969, 1975 and 1991 productions all garnered Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Olivier Award wins for several of their production’s lead actors. After many decades of successful productions and revivals, “Private Lives” finally brings its blend of screwball comedy and witty, irreverent repartee to Ridgecrest. Friday, April 20th will be opening night for the show at CLOTA's Center Stage, 1425 N. Inyo.
All tickets are special-priced that evening at $8.00. Doors open at 7:00, and lights go up at 7:30. Subsequent evening performances will take place April 21, 26, 27, and 28 and May 3, 4 and 5. A Sunday matinee (also discounted to $8.00) is planned for Sunday, April 21; doors open at 1:30, lights-up at 2:00. Tickets are now on sale at Red Rock Books. Regular prices are $12 general admission and $10 for seniors, students, enlisted active-duty military and CLOTA members. For more information, call the CLOTA Hotline: 446-2411.