Present Laughter
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Present Laughter
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Present Laughter NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(666 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
11%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

About the Show

Tony and Oscar-winning actor Kevin Kline returns to Broadway in Noël Coward's classic comedy about a famous and self-obsessed actor whose comfortable life quickly spins out of control.

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
80
Clever, Funny, Slow, Well acted, Frivolous

See it if you like NC's classic comedies. The plot is silly, but characters are memorable and the dialogue goes down like sherry. Nice set/costumes.

Don't see it if you want a meaningful play. PL is fluffy fun. It is unnecessarily long; some scenes drag. Still, this PL is superior to the Garber.

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
79
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you want to see Kevin Kline doing what he does best, comedy. Colby was very good, sexy and funny in it.

Don't see it if If you don t like campy comedy. It can be slow at some points.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
87
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy laughing at clever character driven humor. It is an escape to a time that can only exist on stage or in our minds.

Don't see it if British affectation or caricature annoys you.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
78
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Fluffy, Intelligent

See it if you're a Kevin Kline or Noel Coward fan, enjoy sophisticated comedies with witty characters & glimpses of celebrity lifestyles

Don't see it if you're not susceptible to wit and charm, lives of celebrities and actors do not interest you, intelligent farces are not your thing

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
70
Dated, Charming, Entertaining, Fluffy, Light-hearted

See it if you want to see a blithe Noel Coward drawing room comedy, adeptly acted & smartly directed; you want to see an all-too-rare Kline sighting.

Don't see it if you have no appreciation for flippant, frivolous stage comedies and seek anything contemporary, important and/or provocative.

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
69
Overrated, Slow, Dated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You love classic, dry, high-brow British comedies, or would be happy to see Kevin Kline act the phone book.

Don't see it if You think this will be a raucous comedy — it’s not. Even with a good central performance, this is long and tedious.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
70
Fluffy, Great acting, Stylized, Funny, Pointless

See it if you enjoy wit at the expense of honesty, and want to see a show meant simply to entertain.

Don't see it if you want to care about any of the characters on stage, or see a show that even attempts to say something about anything.

513 Reviews | 129 Followers
89
Delightful, Entertaining, Great set, Funny, Remarkable kevin kline

See it if you want to watch perfection in Kline's physical comedic acting and grace; you enjoy Noel Coward and beautiful 1930s sets and costumes.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy farcical comedy and laughter; you cannot sit through some slow scenes with one particular character that does not work. Read more

Critic Reviews (56)

The New York Times
April 5th, 2017

“An uneven but enjoyable production…Let us give thanks for what Mr. Kline, embodying the capricious god of his own theatrical universe, has wrought. It is hard not to wish that the heavy farcical high jinks that surround him were on his high level…The staging by Mr. von Stuelpnagel brings out the more boisterous aspects of Coward’s comedy, occasionally to hilarious, but just as often labored, ends. And the pace needs to be picked up throughout.”
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Time Out New York
April 5th, 2017

“An absolutely splendid revival…The simple act of handing America’s greatest exemplar of comic suavity a role he was born to play is half the battle…Kline is the very model of a star who lets his brilliance illuminate everyone around him…He enlivens each moment with palpable zest and impeccable style, arrogant brio shading into middle-aged insecurity with a twitch of his perfectly trimmed mustache. He must do more Coward or share his secrets.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 5th, 2017

“The production takes seriously the mess that radiates from Garry’s narcissism, and with that seriousness refuels the hilarity of the farce that overlays it. In the hands of Kline and a vividly intelligent supporting cast, it’s a great and frank and still modern comedy…The play’s three-act structure is pretty much faultless…If there are still some extravagances to prune and shaggy moments to comb out, they’re minor.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 5th, 2017

“Kevin Kline was born to do Noel Coward...A performance of unimpeachable skill, made all the more delectable by its lightness of touch…von Stuelpnagel's production can't entirely disguise the wheezy fatigue of the 1939 comedy, but as complications multiply and the quasi-farcical cogs click into place, it runs like clockwork. That helps correct the imbalance of an ensemble in which the seemingly effortless work of the veterans outclasses their less seasoned castmates.”
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Entertainment Weekly
April 5th, 2017

"Kline appears to be having the time of his life onstage...It’s a fast-paced and straightforward production featuring two equally delightful and delighted costars—the goofily irresistible Kristine Nielsen as Essendine’s stalwart secretary, Monica, and Kate Burton, steely and wry as his devoted not-quite-ex-wife, Liz—plus a mixed bag of supporting players...‘Present Laughter’ is a romp of sitcom-like goings-on, incredibly well executed."
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Variety
April 5th, 2017

“A delicious drawing-room comedy…Kline relishes the comic challenge in this snazzy production…Director von Stuelpnagel has assembled a cast of reliable pros who know the drill so well they could pace it out in their sleep. The lesser-skilled younger actors should study the technique of these veterans and bless their lucky stars for the opportunity to do so. Kristine Nielsen, who plays Garry’s secretary, Monica Reed, constitutes a master class.”
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The Wall Street Journal
April 5th, 2017

"Not only is Mr. Kline’s performance a triumph, but this revival is the best staging of a Coward play—any Coward play—that I’ve ever seen...Essendine is played for truth, not as a caricature, which simultaneously makes him more interesting and even funnier...By having his actors underplay the first half of the show, Mr. von Stuelpnagel heightens the payoff of the second half...By evening’s end, the laughter is loud, continuous and entirely well-deserved."
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Deadline
April 5th, 2017

“Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s revival is fleet, funny, deliciously cast and over-the-top when it should be–and occasionally when it needn’t be, sweating just a bit too hard to earn the audience’s whoops of pleasure. Fortunately, Coward and Kline are too dynamic a duo to suffer any damage from such picked nits. Chief among the other pleasures are Kate Burton…Peter Francis James and Reg Rogers…Less chief among the pleasures are Kristine Nielsen...Bavesh Pavel.”
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