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February 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until February 23, 2020
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until February 23, 2020
An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until February 23, 2020
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until February 23, 2020
In 1970, when playwright Michael Frayn was watching a performance of the farce The Two of Us from the wings, he realized that the antics happening backstage were even funnier than the play itself. This observation served as the inspiration for his Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning comedy, Noises Off.
Hailed as the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off treats audiences to a hilarious peek at a second-tier acting troupe performing a show. With egos, insecurities, and tempers flaring backstage—and forgotten lines, missed cues, and misplaced sardines onstage—this cast threatens to strike the old adage “the show must go on.”
At the heart of the story is Lloyd Dallas, disgruntled director of the play-within-a-play, Nothing’s On. The love triangle between Lloyd, assistant stage manager Poppy Norton-Taylor, and actress Brooke Ashton is merely the cherry on top of this deliciously drama-filled comedy. As time goes by, things escalate until pandemonium ensues and axe-wielding costars, whiskey-sodden cast members, and poorly kept secrets take centre stage. Can the cast pull their act together for the audience even if they can’t behind the scenes?
On this programming choice, Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran said, “Michael Frayn takes the tried and true qualities of farce and then employs them, manipulates them, and celebrates them. And, in doing so, he creates a genius love letter to theatre. The piece requires a kind of comedic precision—creating verbal and physical patterns—that I know our director, Scott Bellis, will knock out of the park.”
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