Drama Dock presents Michael Frayn’s Acclaimed Comedy “Noises Off”, directed by Susan Hanson August 3,4,5,9,10,11,12. Thursday, Fridays and Saturday 7:30, Sundays 3:00.
The New York Times said this about Noises Off; “The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. The dizzy, well known romp is a festival of delirium”.
“Noises Off” premiered in 1982 at the Lyric Theatre, London. The idea for it came in 1970, when Frayn was watching a performance of “The Two of us”, a farce he had written for Lynn Redgrave from the wings. He said it was funnier from behind (back stage) and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind. The prototype, a short –lived one-act play called “Exits” was written and performed in 1977. At the request of his associate, Michael Cadron, Frayn expanded it into what would become “Noises Off” It takes its title from the theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage.
Susan Hanson has assembled a stellar cast; an actor director Chaim Rosemarin, 2 professional actors Marshall and Stephanie Murray, 2 actors who are studying acting at their respective colleges Joy Ghigleri and Max Lopuszinski, 3 Drama Dock veterans Peter Kreitner, Dianna Daniel and Coriel Silkett and brave newcomer James Norton. Hanson said that even after just one week of rehearsal there was a very professional feeling with the actors offering support and direction to each other, of course always clearing it with her. A very important character in this play is the revolving set, designed by Craig Hanson and lovingly and painstakingly constructed under the leadership of Robert Piston. “Noises Off” is a classic farce, all the characters are ridiculous but believable. Hanson says it is pure joy, pure pleasure and pure entertainment. You will laugh out loud.
Tickets are available at Vashon Bookshop and Brown Paper Tickets $18.00 for seniors, students and Drama Dock members, $22.00 general admission.