NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —The theatre program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that Michael Frayn’s comedy, “Noises Off,” will be the final production of the academic year. It will open this Wednesday, April 20, and continue through Saturday, April 23, in the Venable Theater on the MCLA campus.

Often deemed “the funniest play of all time,” “Noises Off” takes a deep dive into the onstage and offstage triumphs, struggles, and antics of a British theatre company in the 1980s, which is on tour with their production of “Nothing On.”

“The cast surprises me every day,” said Sara Katzoff, director of “Noises Off” and co-artistic director of the Berkshire Fringe Festival. “They bring courage, humor, and a willingness to try anything, which has made this a dream creative process.”

A farce, “Noises Off” takes a look at a production during a rehearsal, a show and a performance late in its run. Mix-ups, falls and plates of sardines dominate the action of the play, while a cast of nine runs through slamming doors on a two-story set.

“Noises Off”is as fast-paced as it is quick-witted,” said Katzoff. “The audience will get to see the true onstage and backstage experience for those who work in theatre.”

“Noises Off” is a bear of a production,” said Kathleen Sansone ’16, the production’s stage manager. “This show by far has the most lines, props, and biggest set we’ve seen all season at MCLA. The set flips 180 degrees for Act Two.”

Zack Page ’16, who plays Tim the stage manager of “Nothing On,” noted that “this has been one of the most challenging productions I’ve participated in during my time at MCLA. Our physical and mental abilities have truly been put to the test.”

“This type of production thrives off of the response of the audience,” said Brianna McDermott ’17, who plays Brooke. “I am looking forward to seeing how the show morphs and grows once we have an audience to push us forward.”

“'Noises Off” is as much as a love letter to the theatre as it is an homage to everything that can go wrong in a show, Katzoff said. “The audience should expect many twists and turns, and a thousand laughs a minute.”

Performances for “Noises Off” take place Wednesday, April 20, at 8 p.m.; Thursday, April 21, at 8 p.m.; Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

This production contains some mature content.

Tickets range from $2 to $12. For tickets and information,

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.​

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