Department of Theatre and Dance Opens 2006-2007 Season with Classic Farce, ‘Noises Off’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 11, 2006 — To kick off its official final season at the Forrest H. Rose Theatre, Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the famously hilarious “Noises Off,” opening Sept. 29 and running through Oct. 8.

Called one of the funniest plays ever written, “Noises Off,” by Michael Frayn, is the story of a second-rate and absolutely discombobulated traveling theatre troupe, struggling to perform the play “Nothing On.”  From banging doors to missing clothes, to confusing identities and disappearing sardines, “Noises Off” is guaranteed to leave audience members with aching sides and sore cheeks as its madcap and frantic physicality will have them rolling with laughter.

The three-act play opens with a view of the set of “Nothing On,” during its final dress rehearsal, and, through the actors’ constant blunders, it becomes quite apparent to the audience that the production is doomed from the start.  The second act features a behind-the-scenes view of the play, well into the run of its production, as the set rotates and exposes the ever-rising tensions between the actors, suffering from professional jealousy, love triangles, excessive drinking, aging, and, indeed, all of the vices and neuroses of actors in general.  The third and final act again shows the front of the (rotating) set on the raucous final night of the play’s run, as the backstage drama and the actors’ stress wear away at the thin plot of “Nothing On,” and the line between backstage chaos and onstage antics blur to the point of pandemonium.

A true delight for anyone who’s ever been in involved in theatre arts or for those of us who wonder what it’s really like behind the scenes, “Noises Off” is directed by Dennis Seyer and will run at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29-30, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5-7 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.  Please call the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265 with any additional questions or for ticket information.