Present Laughter
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Present Laughter
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Present Laughter NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(668 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (668)

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79 Reviews | 9 Followers
92
Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you love great ensemble acting & want to see Kevin Kline in this Tony-winning role! I'm not normally a Noel Coward fan but LOVED this show!

Don't see it if you're either a stuffed shirt or only go to hit shows with lots of music but not much intellectual challenge!

224 Reviews | 42 Followers
92
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Great theatre with a wonderful cast. A Noel Coward classic.

Don't see it if A long show 2 3/4 hours. If you restless and not interested in a comedy from the 1940's.

184 Reviews | 30 Followers
92
Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

See it if a classic Noel Coward comedy. Wonderful cast with a bravo to Kevin Klein who can steal a scene merely by moving his facial muscles.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy great theater!

74 Reviews | 10 Followers
92
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Great acting

See it if You like Noel coward and Kevin Kline. He's incredible, funny, at the top of his game. Plus Kate Burton and Kristen Nielsen. So wonderful

Don't see it if You don't have any sense of humor

239 Reviews | 198 Followers
91
Great writing, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a light hearted funny show. Kevin Klein's performance is exquisite and will be remembered for a long time.

Don't see it if 3 act plays are not for you. The 1st act has a lot set up which can cause people to get impatient.

203 Reviews | 49 Followers
91
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a tour de farce for actor, Kevin Kline, who channels his finest John Cleese in a semi-autobiographical comedy.

Don't see it if you dislike British comedies, and wacky interpersonal relationships. British accents and sensibilities are the order of the day. Read more

336 Reviews | 46 Followers
91
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you enjoy laughing until your face hurts

Don't see it if you can't stand the sound of continuous laughter

110 Reviews | 16 Followers
91
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious

See it if Like a laugh out loud hysterically play, done by some great actors.

Don't see it if Dont like a person, lying, cheating, and trickery, disguise as truth to your significant other.

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 Theatre Guide
April 19th, 2017

“Overplaying is a quality director Moritz von Stuelpnagel has unfortunately encouraged in most of the supporting cast. But Essendine himself can’t be overplayed, and Kline has a high old time accenting every aspect of the character’s showy personality…‘Present Laughter’ hasn’t aged quite as gracefully as its hero. It’s wonderfully literate, of course…But it’s 20 minutes longer than it has to be, it ends on a false happy-ending note, and its portrait of celebrity is very much of its time."
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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 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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New York Daily News
April 5th, 2017

“When your main character is a human peacock, you need an actor who can preen like nobody's business. Paging Kevin Kline, a debonair clown, who's ideally cast as the aging, mirror-mad matinee idol…Deadpan delivery? Funny physical bits? Check. Check…At times you’d like to hush the talky play…Cobie Smulders is saucy and sexy. Kristine Nielsen is reliably hilarious…Under the smart direction of Moritz von Stuelpnagel the production is in fine feather.”
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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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