Love triangles are widely known to be pretty complicated. While they can have ups and downs, you can expect things to get crazy when you’re stuck in the middle with love.
So how does a person handle such a situation? Well, a the Richmond Triangle Players happen to have an answer with Noel Coward’s classic: “Design for Living.”
Richmond Triangle Players will be premiering “Design for Living,” starting this week.
The story follows the saga of three bohemian artists entangled in a comedic love triangle. When the play originally came out in 1932, it was considered a scandal and received a large amount of criticism since the subject matter was risque at the time. But once director Justin Amellio got a hold on the play, he was thrilled to have to opportunity to bring it to life on the RTP stage.
“It’s the comedy of manners that attracted me,” said Amellio, “I also really liked that it is a period piece that can still apply to today… and I think the world is a different place now and more accepting to these kinds of topics. It’s very urbane and still manages to have some depth to it.”
The play is fast-paced and full of witty banter that playwright Noel Coward created to keep the audience laughing throughout the performance. Amellio said the process for directing the show had worked in his favor.
“In reality, it’s been a joy from start to finish to put it all together. There have been no setbacks and the actors have done well animating the period. And the fact that RTP is doing Coward has excited everyone involved,” he said.
Amellio also mentioned that this show really stands out in the Richmond area for both its content and technical aspects.
“The ensemble portions have been my favorite to watch come together. There’s only seven people but they really bounce the plot along. And, of course, all the acting is superb. The sets are gorgeous and the lights are beautiful. Working on this show has been a really rewarding opportunity.”