By Adam Hetrick
25 May 2012
Tony Award nominee Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps) stages the romantic farce that runs through June 24 at the BU Theatre. It is the final production of the Huntington's 30th anniversary season.
Amato (The Coast of Utopia) stars as Amanda, opposite Waterston (As You Like It) as Elyot. The cast also features Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde, Little Women) as Sibyl, Jeremy Webb (The Visit, The Glorious Ones) as Victor and Paula Plum (Jumpers, No Exit) as Louise.
Director Aitken also appeared in the 1980 West End revival of Private Lives as Amanda opposite Michael Jayson. She was the youngest actress to play the part since Gertrude Lawrence originated the role.
Here's how the play is billed: "Newlyweds Elyot and Sibyl are honeymooning at a hotel in northern France where they unexpectedly encounter Elyot's ex-wife Amanda and her new husband Victor on the adjacent balcony celebrating their recent nuptials. The romance between Elyot and Amanda is quickly revived, and the two desert their new spouses and flee to Amanda's Paris flat. There, the stormy rivalry that first divided them rekindles in time for Sibyl and Victor to rediscover the pair in the throes of a passionate fight."
Private Lives has choreography by Daniel Pelzig, scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Candice Donnelly, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
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