September 27 – October 19, 2014
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
Audience Talk-Backs immediately following the performances on Sunday, October 5th and Friday, October 17th.
The setting is a middle sized theater located in a median British community. It’s the final dress rehearsal for a play called Nothing On where it would open the next evening. The play itself is supposed to be a bedroom comedy of some sort. The cast of actors appearing in this stage “masterpiece” consists of Dotty (Joanna Churgin) who plays the housekeeper, Mrs. Clackett. Garry Lejeune (Scott Gerard) plays Roger Tramplemain, a real estate agent in charge of renting the home who brought along Vicki, played by Brook Ashton (Ellie Jepperson) for a little romp in bed. Philip and Flavia Brent, the owners of the home as played by Frederick Fellowes and Belinda Blair (David Harloch and Megan Blakeley) arrive back secretly to do the same thing that Roger and Vicki are doing. Adding to these sexual escapades is a seasoned burglar as portrayed by Selsdon Mowbray (Don Warburton) who plans to clean the place out of the home’s valuables. But this play isn’t about Nothing On, but the attempt to present Nothing On on stage! Director Lloyd Dallas (Raymond Donahey) knows he has his hands full as his cast can’t seem to get their cues right, as well as anything else! WIth his wits to hold on to and his patience deep at stake, his sole moral support is the flimsy “comfort” of assistant stage manager Poppy (Taylor Pyles) and the overworked theater carpenter and stage manager Tim (Jeffrey McCrann). The motley crew of players carries on with their stage showpiece where nothing can possibly go wrong…or is anyone speaking too soon?
This modern classic by playwright Michael Frayn has anything and everything one would ever want in a British comedy. It contains all of the stock elements featuring characters franticly running in and out of doors, mistaken and flubbed stage cues, sexual innuendoes about, and the ever classic scantly clad folks, from dropped pants about to underwear becoming outerwear! All of its laughs come from the physical movement that goes on in full force (especially in the second act) where it plays very much to a live action cartoon! The cast of nine that appear in this show keeps their humor level in total high gear. Even players such as Jeffrey McCrann as Tim, and Taylor Pyles as Poppy, are just as humorous equal to droll characters. (They play the behind the stage folks!) The “stage” team of actors have all of the better and best physical “lines” that are physically “spoken”! That is, they move just as fast and furious in attempts to get their leading parts corrected! Director William Wilday (the actual director of this show as to the one played on stage) keeps things moving abreast that give this work high marks for laugh out loud comedy!
In addition to his directing skills, Wilday also takes charge of the lighting design as well as the lavish set backdrop, comporting of the stage setting for Nothing On; a two story facade consisting of a set of six or so doors on the upper and lower level with a balcony for the upper level, as to its back side that plays as the show’s backstage! (Seen in its second act!)
NOISES OFF is just as funny and laughable when seen for the first time, or as seen again for its second, third, and for multiple viewings! It never gets tired, just better than ever! And on the The Morgan-Wixson Theatre stage, the comical antics still prevail! It’s as easy as opening a can of sardines, but funnier and a lot less greasier! NOISES OFF, presented by the Morgan-Wixson Theatre Guild, and performs at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, until October 19th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM.
For reservations or for more information, call (310) 828-7519, or online at http://www.Morgan-Wixson.org. The MWT is also present on all the standard social media platforms. (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.)