Wednesday, April 29, 2009

In the Wings: Private Lives. Meet Matt Turczi.

Matt Turczi plays Victor in Private Lives by Noël Coward, the final production of the 2008-2009 Mainstage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Although the production marks his acting debut with Civic, Matt acted in several productions in high school.

"There had been a three-year gap in which I hadn't done much performing, however," he said. "I read about auditions for the show on Civic's Web site. I had previously read Coward's Design for Living, but not Private Lives so I checked out a copy of the script from the library before auditions."

Matt described Victor as a man who wants to enjoy a happy, normal life. Amanda, whom he has just married, throws his plans into disarray when she runs off to elope with another man while on her honeymoon with Victor.

Matt concluded by suggesting what audiences may take away from watching a performance of Private Lives.

"The audience will find the play entertaining and funny throughout. Then they'll think about it and realize that the characters may be enjoyable onstage but they're horrible people," he explained. "Private Lives is a comedy of manners, in which the main characters are horrible people but audiences still support them throughout the action."

Private Lives opens Friday, May 8, and runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May 24. The Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

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