Private Lives premise is simple: a divorced couple is reunited while honeymooning with new spouses. In fact, the four share a hotel terrace. And so old flames come roaring back to life like a gas stove. This could be one of todays romantic comedies, but in a Noel Coward play you can expect more than cliché gags and the requisite chasing-after-the-taxi climax. The dialogue is dense and crackles with 30s vernacular. In the hands of Palm Beach Dramaworks, one of Floridas best playhouses, Private Lives is bound to shine.
Become a voyeur at the Palm Beach Dramaworks (322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach). The play shows Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. - with matinees on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through August 16. Tickets cost $42 or less. Call 561-514-4042, or visit palmbeachdramaworks.org.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 17. Continues through Aug. 16, 2009