HALLOWELL – Gaslight Theater will present “Private Lives,” by Noel Coward, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8.

Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, re-ignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and a roundelay of affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then stand apart and new partnerships are formed. Eventually, a knock-down, drag-out fight opens the eyes of Elyot and Amanda, who then steal off together a second time.

The Gaslight version of the play has been reset in Maine. The characters are American. The time is mid-1970s.

“Private Lives” has had four successful Broadway runs with stars Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Tallulah Bankhead, Gertrude Lawrence, Tammy Grimes, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Gaslight Theater’s production will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/students. For more information and reservations, call 626-3698.


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