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 Someone gives you a ticket
Don't see it if You value your time and your money. Kevin Kline acts indifferent. The worst performance I've ever seen him in. The direction is flat and
See it if you like Noel Coward and clever, funny plays. Kevin Kine is a hoot - but entire cast is great. A bit slow to start, but laughed throughout.
Don't see it if Story is a bit dated, but it's still good theater.
See it if You appreciate Noel Coward, Kevin Kline's ability to work past obvious flaws & still shine, & want to see Kristine Nielsen steal the show.
Don't see it if You're overly critical, understand comic timing & want to see it in play here (because it isn't), and an ensemble that tries too hard.
See it if you are a Kevin Kline groupie, or a huge fan of any of the other actors
Don't see it if you're a huge Noel Coward fan -- the show just isn't up to his requirements in terms of wit or pacing.
See it if You like Coward plays, Kevin Kline, great comic timing, and British humor.
Don't see it if You are looking for glitzy musicals (it's not a musical), or laugh-track type modern TV shows in play form.