Letter: Slapstick, not wit, in 'Private Lives'


To the Editor:

The performance of "Private Lives," which I saw on Saturday, June 22, at the Dorset Theatre Festival, was a great disappointment. Noel Coward's plays are to be performed with quick and brittle wit, preferably with British actors. In this production, the actors' dialogue resembled a television sitcom, the result being more like slapstick, with one actress in particular shrieking unpleasantly and out of control. I felt sorry for the actors, unbalanced and poorly directed, trying to get through it on their own.

The scenery and lighting were elegant, first-rate. I applauded the maid.

Tyler Resch,




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