BTG Produces Noel Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’  

The Beverly Theatre Guild (BTG) will mount its second production of its 61st season, English playwright Noel Coward’s 1939 comedy “Present Laughter,” Feb. 16 through 18, Baer Theatre at Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th St. 

“Present Laughter” tells the story of a few days in the life of a matinee idol who is slipping into middle age and juggling relationships with his wife, girlfriend, secretary, manager, and a young playwright who worships him.  

“Present Laughter” is a theater classic that is loosely based on Coward’s own life and written – by the author’s own admission — so Coward could play the leading role.   

Glenn Z. Hering is the director for “Present Laughter.” He has directed or served as music director for almost 40 plays. For 11 years, he served on Chicago’s Jeff Awards Committee, including one year as chair. He was also a co-founder of the DreamStreet Theatre, a professional equity theater. 

“Present Laughter” will be the ninth show Hering has directed for BTG. A longtime resident of Beverly/Morgan Park, he has been a member of BTG for almost 33 years and has served as BTG president for five terms. In 2000, he was the recipient of the BTG Distinguished Service Award. 

The Beverly Theatre Guild is Chicago’s longest running community theater company, dating back to the 1920s. Tickets range from $25 for general admission to $18 per person for groups. Learn more and purchase tickets at the Beverly Theatre Guild website, beverlytheatreguild.org. 

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