John Standing

From The Evening Sun: They bring 'event' theater to the Kennedy with 'Private Lives'

Washington's critics may not be particularly fond of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and their "Private Lives," but the people , members of the opening-night audience, seemed to like what they saw, enough to give the pair a standing ovation.

They do that regularly enough at the Kennedy, so it wasn't that surprising , but it had to make the stars feel good about their official Washington opening, one that took place last night at the Kennedy center.

You've heard about this "Private Lives." Everyone has. The play was written by Noel Coward and was first produced in 1930, in Edinburgh, with Coward and Gertrude Lawrence in the leading roles.

A movie...