DETROIT – “Don’t panic! Don’t panic!” The Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit’s premier undergraduate theatre, is presenting what the New York Post proclaims as “the funniest farce ever written,” Michael Frayn’s Tony-nominated Noises Off, from October 14- October 23. Noises Off has become a staple in both professional and community theatres on both sides of the Atlantic, having won the London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Drama Desk Award in New York for Outstanding Ensemble. Tickets are $12-$15 and are available by calling (313) 577-2960, by visiting http://www.bonstelle.com or by stopping at the Wayne State University Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Cass Avenue and Hancock.
Frayn has undertaken numerous rewrites in order to keep Noises Off fresh and up-to-date since its late 1970s inception, the most recent being in 2000. Making its Wayne State University debut at the Hilberry Theatre in the 1990-91 season, Noises Off will return to WSU in its updated form at the Bonstelle Theatre. Returning patrons, see it again for the first time. Newcomers, come see what this riot is all about!
A play within a play, Noises Off centers around a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop entitled Nothing On. Out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate love affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. Onstage and offstage hilarity ensues, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final disastrous performance of their dreadful bedroom comedy. Noises Off is a comic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines that is not to be missed!
The cast includes (in alphabetical order)
Mackenzie Conn (Walled Lake, MI) as Brooke Ashton, Mike Gingerella (Royal Oak, MI) as Garry Lejeune, Laura Heikkinen (Livonia, MI) as Belinda Blair, Kelli Marie Sarakun (Grosse Pointe, MI) as Dotty Otley, Jackson McLaskey (Mt. Clemens, MI) as Frederick Fellowes, Michael Meike (Clinton Twp, MI) as Selsdon Mowbray, Brittany Michael (St. Clair Shores, MI) as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Andrick Siegmund (Pleasant Ridge, MI) as Lloyd Dallas and Nicholas Yocum (Royal Oak, MI) as Tim Allgood.
The production team includes
David Magidson (Director), Meghan Lynch (Stage Manager), Devon Davey (Assistant Stage Manager), Peter Schmidt (Scenic Designer), Fred Florkowski (Technical Director), Anne Suchyta (Costume Designer), Brian Scruggs (Lighting Designer), Amy Schneider (Sound Designer), Regina Spain (Property Master) and Alex Goodman (Publicist).
About the Bonstelle Theatre
The Bonstelle Theatre is a Broadway-style House with a 1,143-seat auditorium featuring a balcony. Here, future stars of theatre, film, and television follow in the footsteps of such successful alumni as Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning S. Epatha Merkerson (NBC’s Law and Order, Lackawanna Blues), Lily Tomlin (9 to 5, ABC’s Desperate Housewives) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, NBC’s Heroes).
The Wayne State Theatre box office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Hilberry Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the door at the Bonstelle Theatre (3424 Woodward Avenue) one hour prior to performances. Regular tickets are available for $15 and $12 discounted tickets are available to students, seniors ages 62+, Wayne State University faculty, staff and Alumni Association members. Group discounts are also available. For more information, please visit the theatre’s website at www.bonstelle.com.
Season sponsored by CBS Outdoor and Between the Lines.
Noises Off is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC., New York City.
Photo credits: Alexandra Stewart
(A Play in Three Acts)
October 14, 2011 – October 23, 2011
Friday 8 p.m. Oct. 14, Oct. 21
Saturday 8 p.m. Oct. 15, Oct. 22
Sunday 2 p.m. Oct. 16, Oct .23