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Noel Coward’s Private Lives premiered in the UK in 1930. Panned by major British critics, it was reprised in New York to American acclaim. Through six runs on Broadway, the comedy has been a vehicle for stars like Laurence Olivier, Tallulah Bankhead, Elizabeth Taylor, and Richard Burton.

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 today’s 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 Florida’s 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
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 17. Continues through Aug. 16, 2009

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