Be sure to check out Cygnet Theatre’s production of “Present Laughter” running from March 29 to April 29, 2023. Directed by Rosina Reynolds, this lighthearted farce celebrates playwright Noël Coward’s legendary wit and larger-than-life persona. The play is based on Coward himself, and actor Garry Essendine is the star of the London theatrical scene at the height of his fame, adored by legions of admirers who perhaps love him a little too much.
As Garry juggles his many admirers and other complications in the week before he is set to embark on an African tour, chaos ensues in his household. Fans regularly throw themselves at Garry’s feet, drawn in by his charm and charisma, but this adoration is not without its challenges. An unhinged young playwright obsessed with being in Garry’s presence, a besotted young woman with stars in her eyes, his best friend’s wife who is determined to seduce him, his manager, his producer, his secretary, his estranged ex-wife, and an impending mid-life crisis are just a few of the complications Garry must navigate.
“Present Laughter” is a sharp, withering, and funny play that has stood the test of time. The New York Times called it “sharp, withering and funny,” and it’s not hard to see why. With its biting humor and insight into the human condition, the play is a testament to Coward’s genius as a playwright.
The Cygnet Theatre in Old Town San Diego is the perfect venue for this production. The theatre’s intimate setting will allow audiences to fully immerse themselves in Garry’s world and the many characters he must deal with. And with Rosina Reynolds at the helm, audiences can be sure that the production will be expertly directed, with a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the play’s themes.
Overall, “Present Laughter” promises to be a hilarious and entertaining night out at the theatre. Whether you’re a fan of Noël Coward or simply enjoy a good farce, this play is not to be missed. So mark your calendars and head to the Cygnet Theatre from March 29 to April 29, 2023, for a night of laughter, wit, and insight.
Hours – March 29 – April 29, 2023
Phone – (619) 337-1525
Address – 4040 Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Website – www.cygnettheatre.com