Friday, May 1, 2009

In the Wings: Private Lives. Meet Alan Hertz.

Alan Hertz plays Elyot in Private Lives by Noël Coward, the final production of the 2008-2009 Mainstage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Alan had seen Private Lives years ago, which led him to audition for the Civic Theatre production.

"I thought it would be fun to be involved with high-end British humor," he said.

Alan also said that Elyot is a very passionate man who lives for the moment.

"What Elyot wants at any particular point in time is what he's most passionate about," Alan said. "If he doesn't get his way, he easily becomes frustrated. It usually comes out in fits of anger. There also are points where's he completely selfish, asking 'What about me? I'm suffering here!'"

At the beginning of the play, Elyot and his newly wed wife, Sibyl, are on their honeymoon.

"It's his second marriage," Alan said. "He's older than her and feeling blasé about the situation. His ex-wife Amanda also is there, also on her honeymoon, and the fireworks begin. Passion rules Elyot and Amanda, and they enjoyed it and lived for it when they were married."

Alan concluded by suggesting that the interactions between the characters are what audiences will most enjoy about the production.

"Their passion, love, anger and lifestyle are so different from today's," he said. "Audiences will laugh at some things and question other things in their mind because the actions are so distant from contemporary life. They'll also get a strong sense of the theme of the story – if you let passion rule your life, your life may spin out of control."

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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