The Hampden-Sydney Department of Fine Arts is proud to present its Fall production, Michael Frayn's "Noises Off". The play first opened at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, England, in 1982. It became a smash Broadway hit the following year and again when it was revived in 2003. A 1992 film version was produced starring Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, and John Ritter.
The plot centers around the misfortunes of a troupe of actors, their director, and the technical crew as they attempt to put on a production of the farce "Nothing On", the play within "Noises Off". The show opens on the final dress rehearsal exposing exhausted actors desperately trying to learn their very complicated parts at the last minute. Once the tour begins we get to go behind the scenes, literally, as the stage revolves to reveal the backstage shenanigans of the cast and crew. Their professional and personal problems increase as the lives of the actors keep them from performing their roles and bring the show down with hilarious results.
The cast and staff for "Noises Off" include Hampden-Sydney College students, members of the staff and faculty, as well as students from Longwood University. Set and lighting design are by Matthew Dubroff, Fine Arts Department. Director Shirley Kagan is in her ninth year as a professor of theatre at Hampden-Sydney College.