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. More…
'Present Laughter' takes place in the home of celebrated actor Garry Essendine, a puffed-up charmer with a knack for histrionics, wooing women, and extreme displays of vanity. With his birthday rapidly approaching, Essendine is poised to set off on a tour of Africa. The actor’s expertly assembled life is upended when a predatory fan, an obsessed playwright, and a young woman with more than Essendine’s resume on her mind are simultaneously thrown into the mix, all vying for his attention. As things spin wildly out of control, Essendine must scramble to keep his house of cards standing—and decide whether there’s room in his life to love anyone but himself. Co-starring Tony nominees Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen, and Reg Rogers, along with Cobie Smulders in her Broadway debut. Directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel ('Hand to God').
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if You like old-fashioned British drawing room farces with ridiculous plots and larger than life characters; aka Noel Coward play & Kevin Kline
Don't see it if You want a staid,quiet,drama with normal, boring characters and a boring plot. You do not like silliness.
See it if you love Noel Coward.I found it tedious & never ending.Totally predictable. Kline is terrific, but for me Kristine Nielsen is the standout.
Don't see it if you want a play that has something serious to say. This just feels too light, without being funny enough to sit through it for 2+ hours.
See it if You want to see perfect casting. A kitzy set, great costumes and what wins Best Actor Tony in 2017. Cobie Smulders was perfection.
Don't see it if You want meaning in your theater going. This is for fun.
See it if Standard Noel Coward 30's comedy, probably brazen in its day but stale now yet to see Kevin Kline's artistry and subtlety in a role that...
Don't see it if ...could be mugged through is worth it. Some other fine acting, some too broad for my taste, all in the classic style. See a master at work.
See it if you enjoy a good old fashioned Noel Coward play with star talent. Kevin Kline is superb, as is Kate Burton and the rest of the cast.
Don't see it if you want to see something that's going to keep you laughing the entire time. It was humorous but not as funny as I had hoped.
See it if If you are a fan of Noel Coward's Present Laughter and course Kevin Kline who is outstanding as Garry!
Don't see it if If you do not like Noel Coward's plays and only enjoy light musicals.
See it if Classic Noel Coward, witty drawing-room comedy is your thing. Acting is great, but you must concentrate on every word as they fly by fast.
Don't see it if First act is a bit slow; I found myself somewhat bored. Second really picks up. Kevin Kline is perfect; strong supporting cast.
See it if you enjoy hearing language spoken at a much higher level than today's discourse allows, if you love Coward and Kline, if you love Brits.
Don't see it if Wry humor is not your thing, if you don't know Coward and/or don't care about him, if you need more current topics to keep you engaged.
See it if you want a fun farcical adventure into the world of London actors or you like Kevin Kline or if you liked An Ideal Husband.
Don't see it if you want a thought-provoking evening. This is the complete opposite :)
See it if you want to see brilliant performances, especially by the masterful Kevin Kline, in an old Noel Coward play about an actor past his prime.
Don't see it if you don't like English chestnut plays that are old fashioned, but extremely entertaining with knockout performances.
See it if You are a fan of Kevin Kline and Noel Coward. It's a pleasant night out!
Don't see it if You don't like British farces. A little slow in the first act but the play picks up speed in the second act.
See it if You're a fan of Kevin Kline, and who isn't, really? He's playing the role to perfection and is ably assisted by a strong cast.
Don't see it if You lack the ability to concentrate and need a superfast pace. This is an old-fashioned play that's not explicit.
See it if you want classic Noel Coward wit and humor. Truly funny show, with Kevin Kline's tour-de-force performance and brilliant staging. Great fun!
Don't see it if you can't appreciate urbane, witty comedy. Noel Coward's writing at its best ... but it's not everyone's cup of tea. Still, a great show!
See it if You've never seen it before or are a fan of the cast members.
Don't see it if I felt there was too much over-acting and "hamming it up" by very talented performers.