Private Lives

"Bubbly and stylish direction"

"Thanks to bubbly and stylish direction by Gabriel Barre, sumptuous and scrumptious sets and costumes, and utterly winning performances, it is easy to predict that Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of the Noel Coward classic Private Lives will wind up on many an audience member and critics ten best list by the end of 2006… Director Barre times this literate farce like a Swiss watch."

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"Hits all the right notes"

"Fortunately, Seattle Repertory Theatre’s divine new revival of Coward’s Private Lives hits all the right notes, both comically and thematically. This is a production firmly grounded in the truth of it all, painting an imperfect portrait of the always curious human psyche…What is most impressive about Barre’s direction is his ability to allow the raucous physical fights evolve organically from the action. There is never an insecure moment where the actors step out of character to engage in obviously choreographed stage combat…Barre also provides a powerful ending that never seems as forced as it does on the page."

-Robbie Wachs,

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