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Noises Off

October 31 - November 3 , 1996 Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean, Charlottetown Written by: Michael Frayn Director: David Sherren Producer: Valerie Moore, with Terry Pratt Stage Manager: Wallena Higgins-Gray ASM - Joe Whyte Cast: Barbara Rhodenhizer - Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett Tim Mossey - Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain Ed Rashed - Frederick Fellows / Philip Brent Sara Fraser - Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent Ben Kinder - Lloyd Dallas Jennifer Long - Brook Ashton / Vicki Greg Stapleton - Tim Allgood Kim Gillis - Poppy Norton-Taylor Gerry Gray - Selsdon Mowbray / Burglar

A highly popular farcical comedy from 1982, successful on Broadway; a film version (1992) featured Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and John Ritter. The idea is that what happens back-stage can be even more entertaining than what the audience sees on-stage. There’s a play-within-a-play: Act 1 of “Nothing On” is being performed — 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. Act One is the technical rehearsal, and the cast are hopelessly unready, baffled by entrances

and exits, missed cues, missed lines, and bothersome props, including several plates of sardines. Act Two has a performance a month later, as seen from backstage, showing deteriorating relationships among the company: romantic rivalries, lovers' tiffs and personal quarrels — offstage shenanigans and onstage bedlam. Act Three is a performance near the end of the ten-week run. Relationships have soured; the set is breaking down and props are winding up in the wrong hands and wrong places, and the plot evaporates with actors ad-libbing their way to a limping end.

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