We hadn’t been to a play in while so decided to head uptown to the St. James Theater to catch Kevin Kline in Present Laughter. And boy are we glad we did!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Present Laughter is a comedy that was written by Noël Coward back in 1939. The play’s title actually comes from a song in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: “present mirth hath present laughter.” (We’re just full of trivia info today, aren’t we?)
The plot follows a few days in the life of a highly successful and unquestionably self-obsessed light comedy actor named Garry Essendine as he prepares to go on tour in Africa. An estranged wife, his long-suffering secretary, a married lover, his manager and producer, a crazed young playwright and a young romantic fling wander in and out of the house creating havoc at every turn. Phew!
Kevin Kline portrays Garry, Kate Burton is his ex and How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders his espoused paramour. Do try and see it. You’ll laugh your head off. Tickets start at $59 and the play runs through June.
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