Pennsylvania Playhouse has a very satisfying hit on its hands with director Charles Weigold's fast paced, well acted and very smart production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives."
"Private Lives," which is one of my personal favorites, is a hard show to stage since it demands precision timing and two pairs of well matched spouses, who can manage the upper crust language and the effete mannerisms of Coward's 1930s society elites. And the wonderful Playhouse cast (Ian Waldraff, Michelle Rieder, Joseph Klucsarits and Lauren Eitzenberger) handle this all with poise, flair and a lack of embarrassment as they toss bons mots back and forth, bicker outrageously and indulge themselves in madcap physical free for alls.
The simple but topsy turvy plot follows the tumultuous lives of Amanda and Elyot, a divorced couple, who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, Victor and Sibyl, discover that that they are in the same hotel, in adjoining balcony suites. The comedy heats up as the two realize that they are still in love, and make plans to abandon their new spouses and restart their relationship.