Mar 9, 2007    #035
Contact: Nick Barron

Kansas City braces for 'Laughter'

An amusing self-obsessed actor attempting to thwart his midlife crisis is the main character of “Present Laughter,” the latest production by The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Theatre.

 Played by first-year acting student Patrick Du Laney, the character of Garry Essendine humors the audience in this everlasting and whimsical comedy.

Written by Noel Coward, “Present Laughter” follows Essendine, who is bracing for his imminent 40th birthday and a possible midlife crisis, all the while attempting to handle numerous seductive women, the concerns of his secretary Monica, a maddened playwright, and his estranged wife Liz. The play’s title is from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” in which is written “present mirth hath present laughter.”

“Present Laughter” was first performed in 1939 and has lived on since, coming to the United States in 1946. Actors who have played Essendine include Peter O’Toole, Simon Callow and Albert Finney.


Saturday, March 24        7:30 p.m.

Sunday,   March 25        7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 27        7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 28    7:30 p.m.

Thursday,    March 29    7:30 p.m.

Friday,         March 30    7:30 p.m.

Saturday,     March 31    7:30 p.m.

Sunday,       April 1        2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4        7:30 p.m.

Thursday,    April 5        7:30 p.m.

Friday,         April 6        7:30 p.m.

Saturday,     April 7        7:30 p.m.

“Present Laughter” will be performed in Studio 116 of the Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110. Tickets are $6 for students, $10 for seniors, $12 for adults, and $5 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

 UMKC Theatre has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. The program trains a select group of highly talented actors, designers, stage managers and dramaturgs for careers in the performing arts. Graduates from the UMKC program are invited to the most prestigious New York competitions and auditions to exhibit their work and secure positions with national and international performing companies. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.  UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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