By Noël Coward. Melbourne Theatre Company. Southbank Theatre, The Sumner. 25 January to 8 March, 2014.
Private Lives is an illuminating, eighty-four year-old classic that bobs up in production, here and there, again and again. It is the simple story of a divorced couple honeymooning, at exactly the same time, with new partners, in adjacent hotel rooms that share a connected balcony. What ensues is emotional and physical mayhem that highlights the social mores of the 1930’s. At the same time it tenders more than a little insight into the nature of passionate love and its capacity to overwhelm and flail.