REVIEW ROUNDUP: Gary Griffin's Revival of Private Lives at Chicago Shakespeare
The company features Robert Sella as Elyot, Tracy Michelle Arnold as Amanda, Chaon Cross as Sybil, Tim Campbell as Victor, and Wendy Robbie as Louise. The creative team includes Neil Patel (scenic design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Robert Wierzel (lighting design).
The reviews are in and Griffin is earning generally high praise for his in-the-round staging that uses Patel's non-traditional design.
Among the reviews are:
'Private Lives' at Chicago Shakespeare: the circular lives of Noel Coward's dramatic divorcees
"The show does not sacrifice the elegance or sophistication that we associate with Coward, nor does it undermine his humor. But even if you've seen this show many times before, Griffin's fresh approach will deepen its themes and deliver them to your door."
'Private Lives' sparkles on Shakespeare stage
"...Gary Griffin has set Coward's playfully warring couples spinning on a subtly revolving turntable that suggests the game of love is akin to spinning one's wheels. [...] This production, which might well be Griffin's best work since The Color Purple, is marred only by his use of distracting musical underscoring. Coward's bristling dialogue is enough music for anyone's ears."
Noel Coward's 'Private Lives' a smoldering fun romp at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
"This wonderful incarnation by Chicago Shakespeare Theater Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin [...] is priceless, elegant and sophisticated humor at its finest and not to be missed."