Theater: King Midas Calls the Tune

PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward

Noël Coward once went backstage and tartly informed the two leading players in one of his shows that their performance was "a triumph of nevermind over doesn't-matter." If Coward were around to chide Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton for a similar self-indulgence, he would have to trip them up on the way to the bank. Both are said to receive $70,000 per week. Coward may have written Private Lives but Midas cast this revival.

Presumably, the public has made it a box-office sellout in the titillating hope that it...

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