Present Laughter

Garry Essendine, a popular and pampered actor, is busily preparing for an extended overseas tour with devoted secretary Monica. His plans are complicated first by Daphne, a beautiful stage struck ingénue as well as a fatuously ardent aspiring playwright Roland Maule, who insist on his attentions. When his wife, his agents and his numerous admirers arrive, Garry is hard pressed to escape. Typical of Coward’s sparkling dialogue and dazzling wit, Garry finesses the mounting and potentially embarrassing social faux pas, fleeing the chaos, reunited with his wife Liz. This audacious comedy was a success in New York and London with Broadway revivals starring George C. Scott, Frank Langella, and Victor Garber.


  • Garry Essendine –Eric McDonough

  • Fred –Marc Suznovich

  • Daphne Stillington –Kathleen Mallon

  • Liz Essendine –Donna Jeanne

  • Roland Maule –Thom Boyer

  • Monica Reed –Laurie Hardy

  • Miss Erikson –Arianne Grosky

  • Hugo Lyppiatt –Doug Brautigam

  • Morris Dixon –Mike Levine

  • Joanna Lyppiatt –Joanne Sternberg

  • Lady Saltburn –Sherry Lilenfeld