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• Stopping off in Toronto before their debut on Broadway, Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross star as Amanda and Elyot, the protagonists in Noel Coward’s comedy of manners — Private Lives.
Private Lives tells the story of once married Elyot and Amanda who awkwardly run into each other as they honeymoon with their new spouses.
Elyot and Amanda can neither live with or without each other and they take pleasure by enveloping each other in misery.
Cattrall, famous for playing Sex and the City’s provocateur Samantha, is stellar as Amanda and Gross, one of Canada’s most versatile thespians, is a worthy foil.
Private Lives may not be for die-hard romantics, however, Coward’s satirical take on societal expectations is timeless.
In an age where the Internet has codified new sources of social norms Private Lives is relevant in its ability to mock our tendency to get caught up in what people demand of us.
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• Across town Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre has revived their 2008 production of another legendary play, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.
Albert Schultz and Diego Matamoros star as yet another mismatched duo, only this couple, is a pair of best friends who are forced to live with each other following their divorces.
An ultimately humanizing portrayal of friendship, Soulpepper’s The Odd Couple is a great opportunity to see two Canadian actors at the top of their game.