The latest STAGEtwo Productions show is a wild ride through conceit, hedonism, and a mid life crisis.
GRETCHIN: This is the story of Garry, a successful and self-obsessed actor in the middle of a mid life crisis.
Liz: You have reached a moment in life where a little restraint might be becoming.
You are no longer an irresponsible, debonair juvenile!
You are an imminent man, advancing with every reluctance, into middle age.
Garry: May God forgive you!
GRETCHIN: His charm and acting skills cause women…
Daphne: Garry, oh Garry!
Garry: Ah, darling.
Daphne: I’m ridiculously happy!
GRETCHIN: And men…
Roland: Yes, of course, ahahahaha!
GRETCHIN: To fall for him.
GRETCHIN: But when he allows himself to be seduced by his producer’s wife?
Things get complicated.
Henry: Is it true?
Morris: False friend, false friend!
GRETCHIN: And when they do, Garry decides it’s time to escape his troubles…in Africa.
Written by Noel Coward, this light comedy features a character pulled between conceited selfishness…
Garry: I love you, Daphne!
Garry: But this is goodbye!
GRETCHIN: …and encroaching melancholy, a coddled man-child helpless without a captive crowd.
This is the leading man of the theatre moaning about craving solitude.
He lives for an audience.
He never stops acting, even with his friends.
Joanne: I know that voice, Garry, you’ve used it in every play you’ve ever been in.
Garry: Complete natural-ness on stage is my strong suit.
GRETCHIN: With a Katharine Hepburn inspired performance from the female lead, steely and wry as his devoted not-quite-ex-wife, Liz…
Liz: I think the time has come for you to look very carefully at yourself and realize how much you need all this…buccaneering.
GRETCHIN: …plus a mixed bag of supporting players…
Garry: Miss Erikson, the doorbell has been pealing incessantly for twenty minutes!
Miss Erikson: Alas, yeah, but there’s a woman at the back door with a tiny baby!
Garry: What does she want?
Miss Erikson: I do not know, there was no time to ask.
GRETCHIN: All in an intimate black box setting … You will want to see “Present Laughter”.
“Present Laughter” runs tonight, Saturday, and Sunday at Preservation Hall in Newburgh, tickets are $12 at the door.
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