The 1930 comedy about love, marriage, divorce and potential reunion originally starred Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, and Laurence Olivier as young Victor. Paul Mullins directs the NJ production, playing the troupe's mainstage, the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue in Madison, NJ, through Aug. 31.
According to Shakespeare Theatre of NJ notes, "Elyot Chase is happily enjoying his honeymoon on the French Riviera when he discovers his ex-wife [Amanda] settling into her honeymoon suite right next door! This deliciously witty expose of 'private lives' follows these two couples from the shores of the Riviera to a chic Parisian pied-à-terre where the marital fireworks explode in a riotous display of verbal and physical comedy."
The play has traditionally included the fetching Coward song, "Someday I'll Find You."
Barrow (Elyot), making his Shakespeare Theatre debut, has been seen at Arkansas Repertory, the Wilma Theatre and Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. Kozlowski (Amanda) was most recently seen at The Shakespeare Theatre in The Play's the Thing and also appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest, Macbeth and Othello, among others. Other recent theatre credits include Restoration Comedy at The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory and Cal-Shakes.
Gomes (who plays Victor, Amanda's new husband) has been seen at The Shakespeare Theatre in The Play's the Thing and Cymbeline. His Broadway credits include The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Racing Demon. He is a member of Bruised Fruits, a comedy improvisation group. He has also appeared at theatres across the nation including Florida Studio Theater, Dallas Theater Center and Long Wharf Theatre.
Parry (who plays Sybil, Elyot's new wife) returns to The Shakespeare Theatre where she played Imogen in Cymbeline. On Broadway, Parry has been seen in Coram Boy and The Real Thing. She will soon appear on Broadway in Edward Albee's Me, Myself and I with Kathleen Turner. She has also appeared with the Peter Hall Company in The Importance of Being Earnest and As You Like It.
Mary Dierson, returning for her fourth season to The Shakespeare Theatre where she appeared in The Comedy of Errors, Pygmalion and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, completes the cast as Louise, the maid.
The Private Lives creative team includes set designer James Wolk, costume designer Jacqueline Firkins, lighting designer Michael Giannitti and sound designer Steven Beckel. Broadway veteran Rick Sordelet is fight director. Amanda Michaels is the production stage manager.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (973) 408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.