The California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre and Dance presents Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off,” which has been called by some one of the funniest farces ever written. Directed by lecturer of theatre arts Naomi Buckley, this ludicrous comedy performs Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 17 at 1 p.m. in the University Theatre.
Written in 1982, “Noises Off” is a play within a play, with the actors being the cast and crew of a poorly conceived farce called “Nothing On,” the type of play in which young girls run about in their underwear, old men drop their trousers, and many doors continually bang open and shut. The premise allows the audience to gleefully watch the inner production’s evolution from both in front of the stage and behind it.
Twice nominated for a Tony Award, the play’s 2001 Broadway revival—which the CSU Dominguez Hills production is based on—was hailed by New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley as “spectacularly funny” and a “festival of delirium.”
“This is a show filled with laughs from start to finish,” directory Buckley said. “A challenging piece even for seasoned performers, our students attack the work with flair, keeping the audience in stitches from first entrance to final exit.”
In the tradition of the university’s theatre arts department, this production has a multi-cultural cast, including actors Robert Beyda (theatre arts, senior), Sydnni Frost (theatre arts, senior), Katherine Geesing (religious studies, junior), Jose Hernandez (theatre arts, sophomore), Rob Kaufman (liberal studies, senior), Katelyn O’Neill (theatre arts, junior), Ruben Morales (theatre arts, senior), Patrick Quinn (psychology, junior), and Krystle Tugadi (theatre arts, junior). Two understudies are Breanna Haynes (liberal studies, senior) and Amanda Hubbell (theatre arts, junior).
Promotional artwork for the show was designed by senior art and design major Ben Vo as an assignment for Independent Study in Art (ART494) taught by associate professor of art and design Michele Bury.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens. Group rates are also available. For more ticket information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.csudh.edu/theatre/tickets. For other payment options, please call the box office at (310) 243-3589.
For more information about “Noises Off” or the CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre and Dance program, contact the theatre office at (310) 243-3588 or visit: www.csudh.edu/theatre.