Taconic Stage Company

Private Lives

The critics are ecstatic!


PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward


“WHEN TACONIC STAGE COMPANY is in session, laughter repeatedly sails out of the Lighthouse Marina over beautiful Copake Lake…It seems that Artistic Director Carl Ritchie has captured a winning mode…The actors in this production are handsome and well-staged…it is difficult to argue with laughter, and Ritchie audiences always get lots of them.”    Marion Hunter, The Columbia Paper


 “Carl Ritchie, artistic director of the new Taconic Stage Company is living a dream. He has always wanted to produce and direct his favorite play and to play the leading role. Well, in fulfilling his dream he is also providing his audiences with a great deal of riotous joy.”    Charles Kondek, Register-Star


“Ritchie, who says he has wanted to play Elliot since he first read the play as a youngster growing up in Rangoon a number of decades ago, does a fine job of directing this campy piece. And everyone in the cast knows exactly how to carry it off, with style — and the requisite touch of venom.”      Marsden Epworth, Lakeville Journal/Millerton News


 “Ritchie plays the role as I imagine Coward would have, as if the audience is in on the joke. I got a kick out of it, and the experience has given me a whole new perspective on Coward’s work.”    Gail Burns, gailsez.org