“Private Lives” BBC DVD (1981)

A strong play from the Noel Coward set ( a must-have for Coward fans). Spent a highly entertaining evening back in a live theatre Saturday watching this one (in a well-done, non-intrusive, recorded-live performance), starring a hammy Donald Sinden as the beleaguered, fading-stage-actor preparing for a trip to Africa. A young Julian Fellowes, writer of Gosford Park, has an over-the-top young madman part.

A witty self-portrait Coward piece covering many issues with relationships and men and women as well as. Also satirizes acting and the theatre life. Lots of belly laughs in this farce. One of Coward’s best. Highly recommended for British-humor fans, live-theatre fans and theatre-comedy fans.

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