Divorced lovers land in adjacent honeymoon suites on a glorious evening on the Riviera igniting a timeless battle of the sexes. A comic masterpiece and the epitome of glamour and whip-smart wit. Sophisticated, urbane and as hilariously catty as they come.

“an enduring marriage of wit and lust””
“one of the funniest comedies of the 20th century”The New York Times


Feb 6 2014

Behind the Scenes: The bias cut revolution

In the 1930’s waist-lines returned and hems dropped back to the floor for eveningwear. And, undergarments virtually disappeared from under bias cut dresses featuring low cowl necklines, body skimming lines, and plunging backs. Weather you were long and lean or curvy from head to toe, these created a sexy, yet elegant silhouette that remained popular… Read more »

Feb 5 2014

Behind the Scenes: Hand painting fabric in the costume shop

Rachel Pollock, Costume Crafts Artisan for PlayMakers Repertory Company, and her assistant Katie Keener, hand painted the fabric used to create the glamorous biased cut evening dress worn by Julie Fishell, who plays Amanda in PlayMakers’ production of Noel Coward’s classic Private Lives. To learn more about the painting process, check out Rachel’s online journal,… Read more »

Jan 30 2014

What was Café Society?

The characters Amanda and Elyot in Private Lives are indicative of a social group that came to be known as Café Society...

Jan 28 2014

Opening Night of 'Private Lives'

It was standing room only for the Opening Night of Private Lives at PlayMakers. Thanks to all the dedicated artists and staff who worked incredibly hard to make this fantastic production possible.Here are some pictures from the Opening Night celebration.

Jan 25 2014

Behind the Scenes: Inspiration for Amanda’s Costumes

Paris was the main force in high fashion at this time, but Hollywood reinterpreted trends to dial up the glamour. Paris had Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vionnet: Hollywood had Adrian, Orry-Kelly, Howard Greer and Travis Banton. In the 1930’s, as many as 90 million Americans packing into movie houses weekly, a welcomed respite… Read more »

Jan 23 2014

Final Dress Rehearsal for 'Private Lives'

After months of preparation the final dress rehearsal for Private Lives has arrived. With Opening night just a few days away, here are a few pictures to give you a sneak peek of this 1930’s comic masterpiece. Private Lives Ensemble; photo by Jon Gardiner Kristen Mengelkoch, Tom Coiner, Jeffrey Blair Cornell & Julie Fishell; photo… Read more »

Jan 22 2014

Welcome to Café Society

Are you a kindred spirit of the “Bright Young Things” who frequented nightclubs of the 1930s? Do you long for the sophisticated glamour and witty banter of Noel Coward and his black-tie crowd? Then PlayMakers’ Café Society seating is the one-of-a-kind theatre experience you...

Feb 8 2014

Cocktail Culture in the 1930's

ELYOT: I think I mentioned once before that I have only had three minute liqueur glasses of brandy the whole evening long. A child of two couldn't get drunk on that.


BWW Reviews: PlayMakers’ PRIVATE LIVES is a Comedic Gem
By Larisa Mount
Broadway World
January 31, 2014
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
January 28, 2014

‘Private Lives’ gives off glamour
By Gabriella Cirelli
The Daily Tar Heel
January 27, 2014

‘Private Lives’: A crowd-pleasing staging of clever Noel Coward play
By Roy C. Dicks
The News & Observer
January 27, 2014

THROUGH 2/9:  Sparks Fly as Old Flames Burn in PlayMakers’ Private Lives
By Spencer Powell
Classical Voice of North Carolina
January 25, 2014


with director Sean Daniels and actors Julie Fishell, Kristen Mengelkoch and Tom Coiner
January 24, 2014
PlayMakers Acts as a Supper Club for ‘Private Lives’
By Robert McNeely
The Daily Tar Heel
January 22, 2014

Jeffrey Blair Cornell and Julie Fishell Star in Noël Coward’s Sublime Comedy “Private Lives” for PRC

By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
January 22, 2014
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
December 11, 2013
Indy Week
January 2, 2014