Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director

San Francisco Live Professional Queer Theater

GLAAD Media Award Winner

San Francisco's queer theater presents Present Laughter starting May 21.

Present Laughter runs at Theatre Rhino May 21st - June 19th

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Present Laughter

by Noël Coward

May 21st through June 18th
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It
Running time two hours, thirty minutes including one ten-minute intermission.

See the performance times for individual shows here.

Garry Essendine thinks the world of himself. And so do all his girlfriends and boyfriends. 

Present Laughter is one of Coward’s most personal and wittiest comedies. This semi-autobiographical comedy follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis who freely indulges his considerable appetite for wine, wickedness and sleeping late.

At the center of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated lovers is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not.

Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered. And all hell breaks loose.

Noël Coward's Present Laughter premiered in 1942 during WW2 just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change.


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John Fisher, A Gay Man for All Theatrical Seasons

Artistic Director John Fisher talks with Barry David Horwitz in a TheatreStorm exclusive.

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Present Laughter: the Trailer!

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Thank you GayPocket San Francisco for benefitting Theatre Rhino at the 2016 Cover Model competition at the Cinch May 1st.

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The Rhino Wins Two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (BATCC) Awards for "Shakespeare Goes to War"!!

11 Nominations! Two Wins!

Congratulations to the Winners...

  • For Set Design:
    Jon Wai-keung Lowe for Shakespeare Goes to War
  • For Sound Design:
    John Fisher for Shakespeare Goes to War

Theatre Rhinoceros's 2015-16 Winter Appeal

Support the Longest-Running LGBT Theatre Anywhere!

Your generous donations last year helped us achieve another record year of donor support! It also helped us put the most adventurous, professional and entertaining gay-lesbian productions onstage. Thank you! In these challenging economic times we still need your help.

Please keep the Rhino a long-running hit with a generous donation this year.

We had a very successful year in 2015. It started off with our hit production of The Anarchist, an exclusive West Coast Premiere. Next was our most successful production in a decade, the Alan Turing bio-play Breaking the Code, a production recommended as a “Go See” show by the Bay Area Critics’ Circle. Then we presented our World Premiere outdoor extravaganza Timon! The Musical, a Theatre Rhinoceros production wholly funded by and presented as a part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Timon! was another fun-filled hit show and a completely free event, open to all – though we of course gave our subscribers and donors the exclusive treatment. The year continued with a revival of Breaking the Code, playing another successful run of four weeks in August and, finally, we just closed our brand new show Shakespeare Goes to War at Thick House – a show that received glowing reviews and a loving response from its audience. The year isn’t quite finished though - we still have our annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza to present, this year Morris Bobrow’s hysterical musical Are We Almost There?

In 2015 The Rhino was a hit! Whatever we produce, we continue our dedication to adventurous, diverse, professional theatre on gay and lesbian themes with an emphasis always on entertainment and provocation.

All Theatre Rhinoceros donors receive invitations to special events like our closing night parties and donors of $1,000.00 or more will be recognized as “Honorary Producers” of a show of their choice. All donations are tax deductible and are acknowledged in our programs, unless otherwise requested.

Please contact me directly for further donor benefits.

With warmest holiday wishes,

Executive Director 

Please use the donation form page 2 of this letter. You can also donate on-line.

Theatre Rhinoceros is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible

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We Made the List!

Thank you to SFist Daily for recognizing Theatre Rhinoceros in its September, 2015 list of Best Local Theaters in the Bay Area.

Foundations Supporting Theatre Rhinoceros

Theatre Rhinoceros is funded by the generosity of the following organizations:


San Francisco Grants for the Arts


The The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


The San Francisco Art Commission


The Dramatists Guild


The Zellerbach Family Foundation


The James Hormel Foundation


The Horizons Foundation


The Bob Ross Foundation


The Walmart Foundation

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