- $14 general, $11/seniors, $7 students
- Buchanan Center For The Performing Arts
- 1000 E University Ave, Laramie, WY 82071 United States
The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance opens the 2019-2020 production season with the classic Noel Coward comedy “Present Laughter,” about a self-obsessed screen star in the midst of a mid-life crisis as he juggles romantic entanglements, his ex-wife, and the personal lives of his friends. At the center of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, self-indulgent, and too old, says his ex-wife, to be having numerous affairs. His group of harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but just before he escapes on tour to Africa, the full extent of his fast and loose lifestyle is discovered, and all hell (and hilarity) breaks loose.
This giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire, and loneliness premiered in the early years of the Second World War, just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change.