The Kentwood Players theater group will present Noel Coward’s comedy “Present Laughter” at the Westchester Playhouse beginning Friday, May 8th, through June 13th.
“Present Laughter” follows a few days in the life of successful and self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry must deal with interruptions from numerous women who want to seduce him, placate his long-suffering secretary, avoid his estranged wife, a confrontation with a crazed young playwright and overcome his fear of his own upcoming birthday and impending mid-life crisis.
The play’s title comes from a song in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” which urges carpe diem (“present mirth hath present laughter”). Given Essendine’s frequent concerns over his own aging and mortality, the title can be seen as both very ironic and incredibly humorous, according to Kentwood Players.
The cast of “Present Laughter” includes Marcy Agreen, Margie Bates, Jordan Bland, Jack Coppock, Ron Edwards, Vada Foster, Bernard Jarvis, Raymond Lynch, Carmen Lynne, Catherine Rahm and Deanna Watkins.
Gail Bernardi, president of Kentwood Players is directing the production, and Lori A. Marple-Pereslete and Calia Mintzer are the producers.
The play will run from May 8th until June 13th, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.
The playhouse is at 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester.
Tickets are $18, with a $2 discount for seniors, students, and servicemen. For reservations during box office hours, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, (310) 645-5156.
Tickets can also be purchased online at www.kentwoodplayers.org/. For group ticket sales, Calia Mintzer at (310) 837-3609.