PRESENT LAUGHTER A comedy by Noel Coward August 2 – September
The delightfully witty plot spotlights
a few days in the life of the successful light comedy actor, Garry
Essendine, as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in
Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has
to deal with younger women who want to submit to him, placate
both his long-suffering secretary and his estranged wife, and
cope with a super-contemptuous young playwright determined to
change him into a more "serious and consequential" artist.
As Garry has just turned forty, he's fending off all these attacks
just as he senses his oncoming mid-life crisis. Coward himself
orginated the role and called the wildly amusing story "a
series of semi-autobiographical pyrotechniques." All is played
out by actors on a glamorous high style art deco suite in splendidly
lavish high fashions.