Memorial Opera House stages Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives’

PUBLISHED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE MAY 13, 2015

See what happens in 'Private Lives' at Memorial Opera House
See what happens in ‘Private Lives’ at Memorial Opera House

Beginning May 15, and running for three weekends, the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso will be showing the Noel Coward play, “Private Lives”.

“Private Lives” is a 1930s British comedy of manners. Pegg Sangerman, director of “Private Lives,” says that the show, “is about two couples that honeymoon in France in the same hotel and share a balcony. They quickly discover that the two couples have something in common — they were previously married to each other.”

“It’s a dark comedy. One that you love to hate. The couples realize that they can’t live with each other, but also can’t live without each other,” said Sangerman.

Sangerman has a long history of acting and this will be her debut directing. “For all the times I was a naughty actor on stage, I must have made the director’s life hell,” says Sangerman, as she now is fully grasping the grunt that goes behind directing.

“I’m very fortunate to be a part of this production,” said Sangerman, “There’s so much emotion in the show. It’s something that the audience can relate to, as we’ve all been in a volatile relationship. What’s beautiful is that they realize who they are more so when they’re apart and together after the break.”

“Private Lives” in its more modern revivals has won many awards, and only the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso can pull off quite a production. “Our community is inundated with musicals,” Sangerman said, “The production crew, stage crew, ad artistic directors at Memorial Opera House have been so supportive throughout the entire process. From the very first meeting, I’ve been humbled by all the support I’ve had.”

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Tickets to “Private Lives” can be purchased at the box office the day of the show, or purchased in advance online at tickets.mohlive.com.

Beth Casey is a freelance writer.

“Private Lives”

May 15-31

Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso

Tickets: $21 for adults, $18 for students, seniors (59+), and military

219-548-9137 or Memorialoperahouse.com

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