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Roundabout’s PRESENT LAUGHTER on NBC’s “Today Show”

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

PRESENT LAUGHTER
Actors Alice Duffy, Victor Garber
And Director Nicholas Martin

will be featured on
NBC’s “The Today Show”
Wednesday, January 27th
Between 8:30AM-9:00AM on channel 4

“A Comic Gem!” – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

“An effervescent & delightfully frantic comedy!” – Mike Kuchwara, Associated Press

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Present Laughter actors Alice Duffy, Victor Garber and Director Nicholas Martin will be featured on NBC’s “The Today Show” tomorrow, Wednesday January 27th between 8:03AM-9:00AM on channel 4.  Tune in to learn about Alice Duffy making her Broadway debut at age 81!
 
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present a new Broadway production of Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, starring Victor Garber as “Garry Essendine”, directed by Nicholas Martin

Present Laughter is playing at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 21, 2010.

The cast also includes 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).
 
The design team includes Alexander Dodge (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Rui Rita (Lights) & Drew Levy (Sound).

In Noël Coward’s classic comedy, matinee idol Garry Essendine (Garber) sits at the center of his own universe.  While Garry struggles to plan 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 escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered and all hell breaks loose.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).  
Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50. 
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Present Laughter
plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org>

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PRESENT LAUGHTER reviewed in NY Times

NEW YORK TIMES

January 22, 2010

THEATER REVIEW | ‘PRESENT LAUGHTER’

Shades of Coward, Robed in Silk and Self-Devotion

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

Should Bergdorf Goodman experience a sudden run on velvet smoking jackets and silk pajamas, blame Victor Garber, the debonair star of the Roundabout Theater Company revival of “Present Laughter,” Noël Coward’s valentine to the maddening, marvelous world of the theater and to his own maddening, marvelous self.

In this frothy production, which opened Thursday night at the American Airlines Theater, the stage stalwart Mr. Garber, who has lately traded the boards for a checkbook-swelling stay in Hollywood, eases back onto Broadway as if slipping into a bubble bath, Champagne coupe in hand. As a vehicle for former matinee idols on the wrong side of 40, “Present Laughter” is ideal, a purring vintage Daimler that simply requires a magnetic actor of finely honed comic gifts to work its considerable charms. Mr. Garber fits the role as neatly as those silk pajamas fit him.

The central character, Garry Essendine, the sun around whom the play’s various characters circle in wobbly orbit, is a West End star of the 1930s for whom the footlights truly never dim. To emerge from the bedroom for a cup of coffee is to make an entrance, and everyday conversation quickly rises to histrionic heights that leave amateurs gasping for air.

In the first act, after rising at the crack of noon, Garry swans down the swirling Deco staircase (what else?) of his sumptuous flat to play a turbulent love scene. (Alexander Dodge’s eye-popping set is a bit of a scene stealer itself.) Daphne Stillington (Holley Fain), the star-struck young lady who so unfortunately forgot her latchkey the evening before, requiring her to bunk down in Garry’s spare room, refuses to depart before the proper romantic poses are struck. So Garry must go into his dance without any rehearsal, dispensing disillusion with the grace of a lover presenting a dozen roses to his sweetheart.

“Listen, my dear, ” he softly but firmly intones. “It isn’t that I don’t love you.” Brief, tender pause. “I do.” Still more tender pause. “I knew it the first moment that I took you in my arms last night.”

Just as Daphne melts into a swoon, the ardor dries up as Garry introduces notes of nobility and self-sacrifice. “But I am not free like other men, to take happiness when it comes to them,” he says wistfully. “I belong to the public and my work.” Sob!

Garry, who knows his audience as he knows every incipient wrinkle on his forehead, is quickly unencumbered of Miss Stillington, this morning’s problem, but a host of other torments are soon assailing him. His assistant, Monica Reed, played with her usual cackling acidity by Harriet Harris, has piles of imploring mail from besotted fans he has charmed with the wave of a hand. His wife, Liz (an amiably wry Lisa Banes), whose aid is enlisted in ushering the teary Daphne to the door, has grown tired of Garry’s romantic nonsense and urges him to grow up. (They have long since parted as bed partners but are fast friends and colleagues.)

And some real trouble is brewing: a possible affair between one of Garry’s steadfast associates, Morris Dixon (Marc Vietor), and the femme fatale married to his producer, Henry Lyppiatt (Richard Poe). The sudden arrival of Roland Maule (Brooks Ashmanskas), an eccentric young playwright whom Garry has inadvertently encouraged, threatens to upend the day entirely, making plans for the impending six-week tour of Africa that much harder to complete.

These complications are interesting only insofar as they inspire tirades of petulant self-pity, waspish anger and antic anxiety on the part of Garry, all delivered in the kind of crisp, wit-laced, elegant dialogue for which we still treasure Coward, who wrote the role (in 1939) as an affectionate send-up of himself and played it on tour in 1942 and subsequently in London and America. (Previous Broadway incarnations have starred Clifton Webb, George C. Scott and most recently Frank Langella.)

Mr. Garber surfs these heady waters with lithe dexterity. An impeccable English accent allows him to alter the rhythms and cadences of Garry’s outbursts to maximum comic effect. As Garry moves effortlessly from role to role — from the paternal lover to the cross but affectionate boss to the prickly husband — Mr. Garber makes subtly clear the delight he takes in playing each to the hilt.

To read the full review, click here:  http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/theater/reviews/22present.html?ref=theater

PRESENT LAUGHTER’s Victor Garber on NY Times website

Roundabout’s Present Laughter opens on Broadway tonight at the American Airlines Theatre.

The New York Times
January 20, 2010
 
ArtsBeat

Five Questions for Victor Garber
By ERIK PIEPENBURG <http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/author/erik-piepenburg/>
Victor Garber is tired of people telling him how closely he resembles Garry Essendine, the womanizing, petulant, vain, showy-rich actor he plays in the Roundabout Theater Company’s Broadway revival of Noel Coward’s comedy “Present Laughter.”
“The number of people who said ‘It sounded like you talking’ is terrifying,” Mr. Garber said with a laugh.
During a break in rehearsals, Mr. Garber answered a few questions about the show and what it’s like to portray a character that Coward himself played in the original British production in 1942. Following are excerpts from his conversation.
Q.
“Present Laughter” was last on Broadway in 1996, with Frank Langella and Allison Janney. What makes this revival different from that production or any others?
A.
There is a poignant aspect to these people and a kind of depth that often is not explored. That’s what we’re trying to do. In no way are we deconstructing, God forbid, but we are making it as human as we can.
Also, I think it’s a very timely play in that it deals with resenting getting older, hitting middle age and the power of friendship.
Q.
But how do you keep the play, set in a world of elegance and servants of the late 1930s, relevant for today’s audiences?
A.
I think this is maybe Coward’s best play. If it’s done well it will have relevance. It’s not a question of the social implications or what he was saying about society of the day. It’s the fact that it illuminates the human condition. That’s always relevant.
Q.
How does this production bring out what Coward was trying to say about this people?
A.
He was very aware of, and unabashedly so at that time period, about love and marriage. He was as open as he could be in his time. I think it’s a really honest representation of the play.

Click here to read the full story:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/five-questions-for-victor-garber/

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PRESENT LAUGHTER’s Theatre-PLUS dates

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

THEATRE-PLUS DATES!

Theatre-PLUS programs enhance the theatre-going experience
for thousands of subscribers.
 
Victor Garber
in
PRESENT LAUGHTER

By Noël Coward
Directed by Nicholas Martin

Opening on Broadway tonight at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) announces dates for all Theatre-PLUS programs for Present Laughter. Theatre-PLUS programs enhance the theatre-going experience for thousands of subscribers.
 
EARLY CURTAIN SERIES
Whether you love late dinners, value your early bedtime, or want to avoid the late commuter train, Roundabout’s Early Curtain Series will get you out of the theatre up to an hour earlier than other shows.
Tuesday                                February 9                7:00PM
Wednesday                          February 10        7:00PM
Thursday                              February 11        7:00PM
Friday                                   February 12        7:00PM
Saturday                               February 13        7:00PM
Tuesday                                February 16        7:00PM
Wednesday                          February 17        7:00PM
Thursday                              February 18        7:00PM
Friday                                   February 19        7:00PM

THE LOUISE AND ARDE BULOVA SIGN INTERPRETED SERIES
Please call Hands-On at (212) 740-3087 (voice)-TTY callers use relay 711- to get more information about how to enjoy this special series for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Tuesday                                February 2           8:00 PM               

Saturday                               February 6           2:00 PM           
 
CELEBRITY SERIES
Forget the stage door! Roundabout’s Celebrity Series brings members of the cast and crew to you, when a Roundabout teaching artist leads a lively post-show discussion about what really happens behind the scenes of a production.
Sunday                                  January 31          following the 2:00 PM performance            

Saturday                               February 20        following the 2:00 PM performance

Saturday                               March 6                following the 2:00 PM performance            

Sunday                                  March 14              following the 2:00 PM performance

*WINE TASTING SERIES
Enjoy a themed wine tasting provided by Diageo Chateau & Estates and MyWorldMyWine.com with appetizers before each performance! An expert wine consultant hosts each themed wine tasting, answering your questions while you savor before the show.
Wednesday                          January 27          7:00PM prior to the 8:00 PM performance
 
*GAY & LESBIAN SERIES
This post-show cocktail reception has a long and proud tradition as one of Roundabout’s most popular Theatre-PLUS events! Join the Gay & Lesbian series and end a great night at the theatre with delicious hors d’oeuvres and fantastic company.
Wednesday                          February 24        immediately following the 8:00 PM performance

TEACHER’S NIGHT SERIES
Teachers with a valid union card are eligible for this substantial discount to Roundabout performances. Take a break from class, then bring theatre back to the classroom!
Friday                                   February 12        7:00 PM               

Friday                                   March 12               8:00 PM

THEATRE TALKS
Every week, learn more about the history of the production and its creators! A Roundabout teaching artist leads a lively discussion between you and your fellow patrons before the show begins. Discussions are complimentary for all ticket holders on scheduled evening.            
Tuesday                                January 26          7:30PM

Tuesday                                February 2           7:30PM

Tuesday                                February 9           6:30PM

Tuesday                                February 16        6:30PM

Tuesday                                February 23        7:30PM                                                

Tuesday                                March 2                7:30PM

Saturday                               March 6                1:30PM

Tuesday                                March 9                7:30PM

Tuesday                                March 16              7:30PM
                                
*Wine Tasting Series and Gay & Lesbian Series are only available to subscribers who have paid the additional fee.  
For additional information visit:  http://www.myroundabout.org/theatreplus.htm <http://www.myroundabout.org/theatreplus.htm>

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present a new Broadway production of Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, starring Victor Garber as “Garry Essendine”, directed by Nicholas Martin

Present Laughter opens officially on January 21st, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 21, 2010.

The also includes 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).
 
The design team includes Alexander Dodge (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Rui Rita (Lights) & Drew Levy (Sound).

In Noël Coward’s classic comedy, matinee idol Garry Essendine (Garber) sits at the center of his own universe.  While Garry struggles to plan 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 escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered and all hell breaks loose.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets and subscriptions are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).  
Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50. 
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Present Laughter
plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>
 
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PRESENT LAUGHTER opens on Broadway tomorrow

OPENS TOMORROW THURSDAY, JANUARY 21st!

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Victor Garber
starring in a new Broadway production of
PRESENT LAUGHTER

By Noël Coward

with
Brooks Ashmanskas
Lisa Banes, Nancy E. Carroll, Alice Duffy, Holley Fain, Pamela Jane Gray,
James Joseph O’Neil, Richard Poe, Marc Vietor
and
Harriet Harris

Directed by Nicholas Martin

Opens on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Present Laughter officially opens tomorrow, Thursday, January 21st.

Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, stars Victor Garber as “Garry Essendine” and is directed by Nicholas Martin.

Present Laughter is playing at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 21, 2010.

The cast also includes 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).

The design team includes Alexander Dodge (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Rui Rita (Lights) & Drew Levy (Sound).

In Noël Coward’s classic comedy, matinee idol Garry Essendine (Garber) sits at the center of his own universe.  While Garry struggles to plan 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 escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered and all hell breaks loose.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).
Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Present Laughter
plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org

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PRESENT LAUGHTER’s Victor Garber in the news

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

PRESENT LAUGHTER
star
Victor Garber
In the news

TORONTO STAR

PLAYBILL MAGAZINE

Present Laughter opens this Thursday, January 21st
at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present a new Broadway production of Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, starring Victor Garber as “Garry Essendine”, directed by Nicholas Martin.

Present Laughter will open officially on January 21st, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 21, 2010.

The cast also includes 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).

The design team includes Alexander Dodge (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Rui Rita (Lights) & Drew Levy (Sound).

In Noël Coward’s classic comedy, matinee idol Garry Essendine (Garber) sits at the center of his own universe. While Garry struggles to plan 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 escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered and all hell breaks loose.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).
Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Present Laughter plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org

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PRESENT LAUGHTER star Victor Garber in the news

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

PRESENT LAUGHTER
star
Victor Garber
In the news

Click the following to read more:
NEW YORKER MAGAZINE <http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/notebook/2010/01/18/100118gonb_GOAT_notebook_als>

NEW YORK MAGAZINE <http://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/63011/>

TIME OUT MAGAZINE <http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/theater/81928/victor-garber-on-his-role-in-present-laughter>

Present Laughter opens on Thursday, January 21st at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present a new Broadway production of Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, starring Victor Garber as “Garry Essendine”, directed by Nicholas Martin.

Present Laughter will open officially on January 21st, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 21, 2010.

The cast also includes 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).

The design team includes Alexander Dodge (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Rui Rita (Lights) & Drew Levy (Sound).

In Noël Coward’s classic comedy, matinee idol Garry Essendine (Garber) sits at the center of his own universe.  While Garry struggles to plan 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 escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered and all hell breaks loose.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).   Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Present Laughter
plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org

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