In February, the Moraine Valley Academic Theater will be performing the Noel Coward play Private Lives. Want something subversive? He wrote, I think very few people are completely normal, really, deep down in their private lives. Coward digs into this abnormality in this play. There are many facets suggested by the play, so want to offer some resources to students dig a bit deeper.
- First off, the library owns a CD of the play: Private Lives by Noel Coward PR6005.085 P75 2003
- We alos have some other works by Coward: Three Plays by Noel Coward PR6005.O85 A19 1979
- Looking for critical material? Take a look at Noel Coward by Milton Levin PR6005.O85 A68
- A biography of Coward is Remembered Laughter : The Life Of Noel Coward by Cole Lesley PR6005.O85 Z67
- In our reference collection take a look at Drama for Students, volume(s) 3:300-16 REF PN6112 .D7 v.3
- Or, see British Writers, Supplement II, pp.147-149 REF PR85 .B688 Suppl. 2
- Take a look at this article, “Theatrical revival production review” (MVCC required to view from off campus): This is a good overview of Coward and a current production a few years back– some excellent insights.
Here is the blurb from the MVCC Theater page:
- Private Lives By Noel CowardFeb. 25-27 and March 5-6 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m.John and Angeline Oremus Theater, Directed by Dr. Craig RosenElyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. A unique play with four successful Broadway runs.