I saw a really fantastic revival of Present Laughter last night at New York's American Airlines Theater. And boy am I so glad I did.
Present Laughter is a Noel Coward play and is being produced by the Roundabout Theater Company of New York City. Present Laughter began its recent revival tour at Boston's Huntington Theater Company in 2007 and after great success should sell lots of tickets to the New York theater crowd as well.
Present Laughter has an amazingly talented cast that includes Broadway regular Victor Garber. Many people recognize Mr. Garber from his roles on Broadway (Lend Me A Tenor, Art, Little Me, Damn Yankees) and the movies (Legally Blonde, Titantic and Milk as well as television's Alias and Nurse Jackie series. Although many in the theater community are talking about a possible Tony Award for Mr. Garber, in my personal opinion I think the entire cast should be commended for being a part of an awesome ensemble performance.
Present Laughter tells the story of an aging matinee idol by the name of Gary Essendine who apparently is struggling with the aging process. Gary sees his entire world as a stage and although he was a famous stage actor and a playboy in his younger days, these days he is simply trying to avoid the years passing him by. The Present Laughter play setting takes place in Gary's London apartment in the 1930's and includes him always trying to get rid of his entourage that seems to never leave him alone. His annoying group includes his almost ex-wife (they never took the time to get divorced), his secretary (played by Harriet Harris), some business partners, obsessed lovers and a lunatic playwright.
It's worth mentioning that the costume design by Jane Greenwood is outstanding in the way that she conveys what the attire at the time was like. In addition, Alexander Dodge's set design is worth the price of admission all by itself.
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