"Present Laughter" is a truly well-acted show. Gary Powell is a wonderful Noel Coward stand-in, as the matinee-idol Garry Essendine. But, the character I enjoyed most was the stuttering, motor-mouthed aspiring playwright Roland Maule. (Jake Simmons) Most of Coward's wit is dry, but the Maule character provides the easier laughs. It's a light show, but with traces of melancholy. A tale of love, friendship, and theatre.
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