Noises Off: July 14-16

Post date: Jul 11, 2011 4:10:18 PM


No Refund Theatre

July 14-16, 2011

Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, plays on the concept of a play within a play, in this case a dreadful sex comedy titled Nothing On — the type of play in which young girls run about in their underwear, old men drop their trousers, and doors continually open and shut.

Act One is the dress rehearsal, with the cast still fumbling with entrances and exits, missed cues, misspoken lines, and bothersome props, most notably several plates of sardines.

Act Two portrays a Wednesday matinee performance one month later. In this act, the play is seen from backstage, providing a view that reveals the deteriorating personal relationships among the cast that have led to offstage shenanigans and onstage chaos. The play simply falls into turmoil and disorder before the curtain is pulled.

In Act Three, we see a performance near the end of the ten-week run, when personal friction has continued to increase and everyone is anxious to be done with the play. The actors attempt to cover up a series of mishaps but only compound the problems and draw attention to the bungling performance.

Featuring Rhiannon McClintock as Belinda Blair/Flavia Brent.

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