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Kevin Kline in “Noël Coward’s Present Laughter” on Great Performances; July 31 at 9 pm


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Tony Award-Winning Kevin Kline in
Noël Coward’s Present Laughter
on Great Performances

Friday, July 31 at 9 p.m. on WOUB

Acclaimed production also stars Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen, and
Cobie Smulders

 

Kevin Kline’s Tony Award®-winning performance in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter, first produced in 1942 with Coward himself in the leading role, comes to WOUB Friday, July 31 at 9 p.m.

Kate Burton Present Laughter Kevin Kline, Kate Burton photo: © Joan Marcus
Kate Burton Present Laughter
Kevin Kline, Kate Burton
photo: © Joan Marcus

Noël Coward’s Present Laughter follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Juggling his considerable talent, ego and libido, the theater’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists.

Critics unanimously raved about Kline in this revival. David Rooney in The Hollywood Reporter enthused, “Talk about a match made in heaven. Kevin Kline was born to do Noel Coward, and his casting as Garry Essendine, the 1930s stage star and aging playboy at the center of his own eternal melodrama in Present Laughter, yields a performance of unimpeachable skill, made all the more delectable by its lightness of touch.

The performance earned Kline the best actor honors at the

Present Laughter Cobie Smulders, Kate Burton photo: © Joan Marcus
Present Laughter
Cobie Smulders, Kate Burton
photo: © Joan Marcus

2017 Tony Awards, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards. The cast is also headed by three-time Tony® and Emmy® Award nominee Kate Burton (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy), Tony Award® nominee Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) in the Broadway debut which earned her the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Stage direction is by Tony Award® nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God).

The ensemble of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter includes Matt Bittner, Ellen Harvey, Peter Francis James, Tedra Millan, Bhavesh Patel, Reg Rogers and Sandra Shipley, with Kelley Curran, Rachel Pickup, James Riordan, and David L. Townsend.
The creative team for Present Laughter features set design by Tony Award® winner David Zinn, costume design by Tony Award® winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend, sound design by Fitz Patton, and hair design by Josh Marquette. Casting by Telsey + Company.

Present Laughter Cobie Smulders, Kevin Kline photo: Joan Marcus
Present Laughter
Cobie Smulders, Kevin Kline
photo: Joan Marcus

Noël Coward’s Present Laughter was produced on stage by Jordan Roth, Jujamcyn Theaters, Spencer Ross, A.C. Orange International, Eric Falkenstein, Grove Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Harbor Entertainment, Joe Everett Michaels / Robert F. Ryan, Daryl Roth.

For BroadwayHD, this performance of Present Laughter is produced by Stewart F Lane; Jordan Roth, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley are executive producers.

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