This fall semester, Professor Adam Simpson is bringing one of the greatest theatrical farces to Lynn. “Noises Off” has been hailed as a comedic masterpiece and widely considered gem of the theatre.
Written by English playwright, Michael Frayn,”Noises Off” is a play within a play that captures the insanity of theatre. It is a spoof, or rather a satire, on the behind the scenes charades that occur both on and off stage.
In the play, Lloyd Dallas, a prominent theatre director from London, is sent to save the dying production of a show entitled “Nothing On.” While in the midst of trying to rescue the show, he slowly cascades into destructive tendencies along with fellow cast members who are neurotic, dim witted and slightly drunk.
“I’m having a good time. It’s very funny, but very challenging. Probably the most challenging I have ever done because of the blocking, the timing, all of the physical stuff and all of the props,” said Professor Simpson when asked how pre-production was coming along. “It is a terribly difficult play, but it is a very fun play to work on.”
“I play the role of Belinda, who acts a lot like everyone’s mother. She’s running around always trying to comfort everyone and be on the bright side, while also trying to fix everything that’s wrong,” said Joy Dodd, actress. “[It is] a funny character.”
Making a show of this caliber is quite challenging. The movement and direction matched with dialogue at the right moment and time is extremely strenuous. The crew has even built an entire set that looks like an eighteenth century English house resting on the countryside.
“Noises Off has been extremely difficult so far to put on. [It is] naturally a hard show, but I believe myself, the director and all of our actors have been doing a fantastic job with it,” said Angelica Capote, freshman and production manager. “We as a cast and crew are working very hard to make it the best it can be. I know in the end it will look amazing and will be well worth all our hard effort.”
The cast and crew are putting plenty of hours in to bring this comedic masterpiece to life. on December 7th to the 10th and 7:30 p.m. as well as December 8th at 12:30 p.m. The show will take place at the Wold Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 but free with your Lynn ID.