Delightful comedy of manners: A voyeur age of discovery into Private Lives.


We saw this show last night. Once again, Bill Suter has done as good a job or better of giving a crit on this play than I could have done. Once again, how the run will be completed without one or more of the cast members winding up in hospital is a good question. Violence to furniture and one another abounds. One needs stimulants before going, so as not to miss a lot of the repartee.
Altogether, a blast!

.....SoSuterBill.....

Steven Stead and Clare Mortimer as the couple who can’t live together yet can’t live apart. A scene from KickstArt’s Private Lives.

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Stage: Private Lives – Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN campus, Durban
REVIEW BY BILLY SUTER
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WHEN it was first staged by Durban’s KickstArt in 2003, in the tiny and now-defunct KwaSuka Theatre in Greyville, Private Lives starred Ralph Lawson, Belinda Harward, Stacey Taylor, Olivia Borgen and Kevin Turner. Directed and designed by Greg King, the production took Durban Theatre Awards for Andrew Verster’s costumes and the supporting performance of Kevin Turner.

Now the classic and delicious Noel Coward comedy of manners, which had its first performance in 1930, with Coward himself acting alongside Gertrude Lawrence and a very young Laurence Olivier, is co-directed for KickstArt by Steven Stead and Mervyn McMurtry.

For its long-overdue revisiting it plays out on the bigger and grander canvas of…

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