Noel Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER Feb. 22
The second reading of this season’s Acting Company John McDonald Salon Reading Series took place Monday, February 22: Present Laughter by Noel Coward, featuring Kevin Kline with Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris, Venus in Fur), Stephen DeRosa (On the Town, Boardwalk Empire), Carson Elrod (Peter and the Starcatcher), Francesca Faridany (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Matthew Greer (Cabaret), Reg Rogers (You Can’t Take It With You), Erika Rolfsrud (The Coast of Utopia), Susanna Stahlmann (Macbeth with The Acting Company), Michele Tauber (The Charity That Begins at Home for Mint Theater). Kevin Kline co-directed the evening with Acting Company Artistic Director Ian Belknap.
Coward’s 1939 comic play follows a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his estranged wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his impending mid-life crisis.
Reading took place at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA, 10 West 64th St. between Central Park West and Broadway.
(Photo: Susanna Stahlmann with Kevin Kline. Bottom: Susanna Stahlman, Francesca Faridany, Erika Rolfsrud, Michele Tauber, Nina Arianda.)
This reading was SOLD OUT.
UPCOMING READINGS: April 18: An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel featuring Gabriel Ebert, SaraTopham and Michael Urie. (Sold Out. For waiting list info CALL The Acting Company 212-258-3111.)
May 16: The House That Will Not Stand by Marcus Gardley, author of a new play about Malcom X commissioned by The Acting Company that will tour in 2017. $35 Tickets are still available for this reading. Click HERE to buy tickets online or CALL The Acting Company 212-258-3111.
This season of Salon Readings is dedicated to the memory of Gina Ingoglia Weiner, Chair of our Education Committee and our biggest fan.