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Private Lives by Noël Coward

Nov 9, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

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When this play was first produced, the British theatrical impresario Ivor Brown wrote, “Within a few years, the student of the drama will be sitting in complete bewilderment before the text of Private Lives, wondering what on earth those fellows in 1930 saw in so flimsy …

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