"Pear Theatre’s Present Laughter’s like a good summer read at the beach, full of froth and fluff in all the right ways." (Talkin’ Broadway)

“Pear Theatre presents in its intimate setting a Present Laughter that bursts at the seams with riotous comedy propelled by a stage full of memorably quirky characters who get themselves and each other into a myriad of messes through adulteries, seductions, threats of blackmail, star-worshipping, and a star's ego that knows no bounds.”

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"Laughs plentiful in Pear Theatre's 'Present Laughter'" (Palo Alto Online)

“Director Walter M. Mayes cleverly allows some cast members to go loudly over the top while keeping most of the cast grounded in something like British reserve. The mix helps this production deliver most of the laughs Coward intended.

David Boyll as Henry and John Stephen King as Morris have just the right looks for their roles as the business partners, and deliver their lines well.”

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"Custom Made on a Roll" (Bay Area Reporter)

“The cast is rounded out by the wonderful, elastic-faced David Boyll in four distinctly played roles, each of which captures a different flavor of naivete: Bob, an Eastern European immigrant who believes he's buying into the American dream with his sandwich franchise; a customer who berates the restaurant's underpaid, underacknowledged staff for out-of-stock ingredients, as if the hourly workers have any agency in the matter; an "if you dream it, you can do it" figment of Sheri's youthfully optimistic imagination; and a representative from corporate headquarters who turns out to hate his job as much as any of the shop workers…”

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