Present Laughter Tickets
Present Laughter, the comic play written by Noel Coward in 1939 and staged in 1942, is now all set to make its return to Broadway with legendary Tony Award and Academy Award winner actor Kevin Kline in lead. Present Laughter is a very light comedy whose script was completed right before the outbreak of World War II. The play itself was not produced until 1942. Soon the positive reviews came flowing in. If you want to check out what makes this play so special, you can get your Present Laughter tickets and head on over to the St. James Theater in New York this April.
Let’s take a look at the storyline and reviews for Present Laughter.
The Story of Present Laughter
Set in Garry Essendine’s London flat, Present Laughter revolves around the life of the famous actor, Garry. He freely indulges himself in wine, women and sleeping late while he goes through a mid-life crisis. The story starts with a young admirer of Garry’s, Daphne Stillington, convincing him to let her stay the night at his place. The next day, Garry manages to make her leave but only after she has been noticed by the house’s staff. Soon comes in Garry’s ex-wife, Liz Essendine, with whom he is still in contact with. While the two talk, a young and ambitious playwright, Roland Maule enters the scene to get Garry’s critique on his new play. After ushering him out the house, Garry is faced with another “situation”. Joanna, the wife of Garry’s producer Harry Lyppiatt shows up at Garry’s house and tries to seduce him. Soon, he finds himself caught between fawning women, crazed playwrights and unexpected twists.
Reviews for Present Laughter
Present Laughter has been very well received by fans and critics. Since its very first production, it has gotten excellent reviews. The Observer talked about it in the following words,
“Mr. Coward’s production is so inventive, and his own performance so adroit in its mockery of the vain, posturing, and yet self-scrutinizing and self-amused matinee idol, that Present Laughter is likely to be future mirth for as long as Mr. Coward cares to run it."
The Times was also full of praise for the work of Noel Coward, and called it, “a wittily impudent and neatly invented burlesque of a French farce”
The recent productions of Present Laughter have also been appreciated heavily by critics all across the country. With Kevin Kline in the lead role, it is no wonder that the production is one of the most awaited events of this year. The New York Times praised his work in the following words, “Let us give thanks for Kevin Kline” and the Hollywood Reported has said that, “Kevin Kline brings down the house! Unmissable!” The Wall Street Journal has been singing praises for the play as well, saying that “Present Laughter is a comedic triumph”.
With such amazing reviews across the board, you definitely do not want to miss it. Grab your Present Laughter tickets now and get ready for an amazing time.
The cast of Present Laughter is an extremely talented and well balanced group of people, each member being just right for their respective roles. Kevin Kline will be seen playing the part of Garry Essendine. His previous works include Henry IV, The Pirates of Penzance, Arms and the Man, The Three Sisters, The Lost Cavalier and many more Broadway and film appearances. Liz Essendine is played by Kate Burton, who is known for her roles in Alice in the Wonderland, Company, An American Daughter, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Elephant Man and many others. Monica Reed is played by Kristine Nielsen, whose past Broadway experience includes You Can’t Take It With You, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Spring Awakening, The Greenbird and many others. Joanna Lyppiatt is played by the very talented Cobie Smulders, known for her role in the television series How I Met Your Mother. Other cast members include Bhavesh Patel as Roland Maule, Reg Rogers as Morris Dixon, Matt Bittner as Fred, Tedra Millan as Daphne Stillington and Ellen Harvey as Miss Erikson.