A new play about Noel Coward, Private Life, began previews Feb. 4 and opens Feb. 8 at Off-Off-Broadway's the Grove Street Playhouse in New York. The play, written by Craig Archibald and directed by Jim Frangione (who can currently be seen on Broadway in David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood) is a fictional account of the events that transpire in Coward's suite at NY's swanky Plaze Hotel on a morning in 1937 when the writer wakes up with a hangover -- only to discover that the critics have savaged his first autobiographical book, Present Indicative, and that there is a handsome young sailor in his bed.
Featured in the cast are Craig Archibald as Coward, Matthew Del Negro as the sailor and Carolyn Baeumler as Coward's personal secretary.
Performances are Wed.-Sun. at 8 PM through Feb. 22. For tickets, $20, call (212) 358-3480.
-- By Rebecca Paller