Present Laughter

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American Airlines Theater

227 West 42nd Street

2 Hours 30 Minutes with one 10 Minute Intermission

January 21, 2010 (Closing: March 21, 2010)

Broadway Play (Comedy)

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Roundabout Theatre Company presents Present Laughter, starring veteran actors Victor Garber and Harriet Harris, opened on Broadway in January a the American Airlines Theatre. This comedy is full of show stopping laughter that you won't want to miss. The production tells the story of vain matinee idol Garry Essedine who becomes involved in the amusing personal crises of the people around him, which are largely because of his own misguided mistakes. This new Broadway show is based on the 1942 comedy of the same name.

The play was written by Noel Coward and is considered by some to be his most autobiographical play, Present Laughter concerns an actor who takes Shakespeare's Twelfth Night advice too seriously, continually indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late. Might there be more to life than this? Would he even consider that possibility? Garry plans his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love struck ingenue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress, not to mention Garry's estranged wife and a crazed young playwright. Just before Garry can escape the present drama that is his life, the full extent of his offenses are discovered and all hell breaks loose.

Four-time Tony Award nominee Victor Garber heads up an amazing cast that includes Tony Award winner Harriet Harris, and Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas. Garber hasn’t been on Broadway in over ten years, because of his recent success with a television career on hits like Alias and Eli Stone. It was worth the wait since this seems to be a role that was created for him. Harris is a well known stage, film and television actress. Her talent was rewarded when she played the frustrated-actress-turned-white-slaver Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, a part that won her a Tony Award. The production is being directed by Nicholas Martin.

The critics are raving about Broadway's newest gem. It's sure to provide a fun night of laughter and star power. Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press said, ‘‘ It's not easy maintaining the fizz in the frenzy known as Present Laughter, but director Nicholas Martin manages to keep the bubbles from bursting in the Roundabout Theatre Company's effervescent revival.”

Present Laughter is on a limited run and is scheduled to end on March 21, 2010. Come see what all the fuss is about. It's worth it!

Tickets Information

Present Laughter tickets are selling at the box office for between $66.50 and $116.50. Premium seating and sold out shows are running between $142.00 and $195.00. You can View Our Great Selection Of Present Laughter Tickets by clicking the link.

Show Times

Wed & Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

Tue through Sat 8pm


Take the A, C, E trains to 42nd Street and 8th Avenue

Take the N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7, 9 trains to 42nd Street amd Times Square


Victor Garber - Garry Essendine
Harriet Harris - Monica Reed
Brooks Ashmanskas - Roland Maule
Lisa Banes - Liz Essendine
Nancy E. Carroll - Miss Erickson
Alice Duffy - Lady Saltburn
Holley Fain - Daphne Stillington
Pamela Jane Gray - Joanna Lypiatt
James Joseph O'Neil - Fred
Richard Poe - Henry Lypiatt
Marc Vietor - Morris Dixon


Directed - Nicholas Martin
Set Design - Alexander Dodge
Costume Design - Jane Greenwood
Lighting Design - Rui Rita
Sound Design - Drew Levy
Written - Noël Coward

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