Chagrin Valley Little Theatre starts 2014 with 'Private Lives'

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Noël Coward's farce "Private Lives" will open on the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre stage Jan. 17 for a four-weekend run.

The play follows the saga of perpetually dueling lovers Amanda (Mitra Jahangiri) and Elyot (James Rankin), two divorcees who have unwittingly booked adjoining hotel rooms while honeymooning with their new spouses, Victor (Whit Lowell) and Sibyl (Sarah Katz). They soon realize that they'd rather be back together and impulsively flee to Paris, only to be caught days later by their jilted spouses.

The original London production of "Private Lives" starred Noël Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Adrianne Allen and Laurence Olivier. A Broadway production followed in 1931.

The play has been revived several times on Broadway (including a memorable 1983 production that starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton), and has been produced in theaters around the world. CVLT's production includes a number of newcomers to the CVLT stage, and includes Erika Hansen, David Gaines, Ellen Nicole Morales and Chirvata Balla Ram. Director Fred Gloor, a theater instructor at Baldwin Wallace and Cuyahoga Community College, is also new to CVLT.

"Private Lives" plays Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 through Feb. 8. Tickets are $18 regular admission, $14 student/senior. Tickets can be purchased online at CVLT.org or by phone at 440-247-8955 between 1 to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is at 40 River Street in historic Chagrin Falls Village.

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