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Private Lives Coming to ICT and Broadway

August 19th, 2011

Production Photo for ICT's Private Lives

Freddy Douglas and Caroline Kinsolving in ICT's upcoming production of Private Lives. Photo Courtesy of Carlos Delgado

Rarely does a play, even one of critical acclaim or commercial success, draw the same type of success when produced many years later. It is a very special moment to see a play transcend time and generation gaps to induce the same level of excitement as the original production. One play that looks certain to do that is Noel Coward’s Private Lives, set to open on Broadway in November.

This revival will star Kim Cattrall in a cast that hopes to bring the same magic as it did when it first came to Broadway exactly 80 years ago. This Multi-Tony Award-winning comedy is considered by many to be one of the greatest comedies ever written and has been produced all over the world since it first debuted back in 1931.  The New York Times called it “fantastically funny”.

Private Lives is a stylish, savvy comedy about the people we can’t live with – or without. Divorcees Amanda and Elyot meet up again quite by accident while on their second honeymoons, with brand-new spouses in tow. Love and passion abound in the eyes of four hilariously mismatched lovers. Private Lives shines with wit, romance, desire, rivalry and bittersweet truth.

Don’t worry about making it to New York to see the Broadway revival.   You can see it here because International City Theatre (ICT) will present Private Lives beginning next week. Come see why this play is as treasured now as it was back then.

Private Lives runs August 26 – September 18 with previews August 23 – 25 and performances Thursdays through Sundays at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 562.436.4610.

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