James Scarborough: 'Present Laughter,' Little Fish Theatre
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The extraordinary thing about Noel Coward's Present Laughter, directed by James Rice for Little Fish Theatre, is not the spot-on casting and perky direction that brings Coward's outlandish story of an actor's midlife crisis to life. No, it's the chemistry between the actors.
Of course, the production's hilarious -- the way a flamboyant and pampered British stage actor, Garry Essendine (Noah Wagner), prepares to depart for Africa both to perform as well as to escape the palace, intrigues that hamstring in him, but amuses us. Beyond the story, though, the unusually keen performances cut to the heart of theater, namely the ability of words to connect us to the characters and to each other through the telling of a story. Of course, it helps that Coward set the story in pre-digital 1939 London, so it was no-tech and, to us nowadays, refreshing. Usually, we're flies on the wall, watching scenes unfold. Here, though, gorging on old-school social media, we shared a communion.
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