Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 27, 2008

KRT presents Noel Coward play

HORSE CAVE — Kentucky Repertory Theatre’s production of British playwright, Noel Coward’s, “Private Lives” opens Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The comedy is set in the 1920s and is the story of a divorced couple, Elyot and Amanda, who learn they are still very much in love with one another even though they have recently remarried.

It is while they are honeymooning with their new spouses in adjoining hotel rooms that they discover they have made a mistake and really do love each other. So Amanda and Elyot run off together.

“Private Lives” is a funny play, said Donna Freeburn, who plays Amanda.

“Coward is witty and charming. The lines are fun to deliver. The situation is funny,” she said.

Although Amanda and Elyot fight and bicker all the time, Freeburn said, it doesn’t take audiences long to discover that Amanda and Elyot belong together.

“They just do, even though they are constantly bickering at each other,” she said. “It’s that ‘can’t live with them and can’t live without’ them situation.”

Playing Amanda’s ex-husband, Elyot, is Robert Brock, the theater’s artistic director.

Brock describes Elyot as being a very confused man who is love with his ex-wife but still drawn to his young, new wife.

Brock said he would not describe Amanda and Elyot’s passion as being “lovey-dovey.”

“It’s all that passion contains, which is hatred, love, anger, lust and all of that,” he said. “So it is a volatile relationship which he doesn’t have with the present wife, so he leaves with his first wife and it all starts up again.”

The tone of the play, Brock said, is “light and funny.” Had it been set in another time, however, he said, the subject matter would have made it heavier and more dramatic.

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