Posted by Bob Evans
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Set to Leave ‘Em Laughing with
March 27-April 19 at Spencer Theatre
Flubbed lines, missed cues, slamming doors, lost contact lenses, falling trousers and flying sardines all are part of the laugh-out-loud fun as the Kansas City Repertory Theatre lights go on for Noises Off!, March 27-April 19 at the Spencer Theatre.
“Playwright Michael Frayn’s crowd-pleaser revels in the mayhem of an English theatrical troupe’s production gone horribly — and hysterically — wrong,” says Stuart Carden, artistic director. “The New York Times put it well when it declared that Noises Off! ‘voyages to the outer limits of hilarity.’ And London’s Guardian raved that it is ‘easily one of the funniest plays ever written.’ It has become a comedy classic because, just when audiences think Frayn’s play-within-a-play can’t possibly get any funnier, it does! We’re thrilled to bring it to KCRep audiences.”
Award-winning British playwright and novelist Michael Frayn penned the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy as well as novels such as Towards the End of Morning, Headlong and Spies, making him one of only a handful of English-language writers to find success both with stage plays and prose fiction.
“But Frayn undoubtedly is best known for Noises Off!, a farce that gives a behind-the-scenes look at a manic menagerie of itinerant actors as they rehearse a flop titled Nothing’s On,” says José Zayas, who directs the KCRep production. “It is as funny today as it was the first day it was published.”
Zayas is an award-winning director of more than 100 productions in New York, regionally and internationally including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Gala Theatre and Studio Theatre (DC). He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and he was the Resident Director at Repertorio Español from 2008-2018.
“José’s direction, staging and flair for comic timing are bringing out the best from an already impressively talented cast and creative team,” adds Carden.
Belinda Blair Chioma Anyanwu
Selsdon Mowbray Phil Fiorini
Tim Allgood Josh Gleeson
Frederick Fellowes Darren Kennedy
Brooke Ashton Amy O’Connor
Poppy Norton-Taylor Elise Peohling
Lloyd Dallas Cody Proctor
Dotty Ottley Julie Shaw
Gary LeJeune Rusty Sneary
Director José Zayas
Production Stage Manager Mary R. Honour
Assistant Stage Manager Rachel M. Dyer
Set Designer Arnel Sancianco
Light Designer Amanda Zieve
Sound Designer Cricket S. Myers
Tickets and Information
For tickets to and performance information about Noises Off!, visit https://www.kcrep.org/show/noises-off#dates or call the Box Office, 816-235-2700. For group ticket sales, call 816-235-6122.
Take advantage of special show opportunities following the performances:
- April 1 Meet the Creative Team to hear behind-the-scenes stories about creating Noises Off! for KCRep
- April 2, 9 and 16 Join a conversation with a member of the Artistic Staff to hear about the ins and outs of Making the Play
- April 3 Enjoy the Opening Night post-show reception
- April 11 The 2 p.m. performance is signed for the hearing impaired
Following the 2 p.m. performance, join a Scholar’s Forum with experts who provide insights into characters, story, setting and more
- April 12 and 15 Join an Actor’s Forum conversation with the cast to hear about character motivation and relationships — on and off stage — that add life and laughs to the story line
Lead support for Noises Off! is generously provided by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts. KCRep is underwritten in part by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
About Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected regional theaters, produces theatrical excellence, creating and sharing stories at the center of our nation’s creative crossroads. KCRep’s mission is to advance the art form while cultivating passionate audiences, artists and advocates to invest in our region’s creative future. It builds community by connecting people through productions and outreach that educate, entertain, challenge and inspire. Lauded by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Variety and The Toronto Sun, KCRep produces mainstage plays and special events at Spencer Theatre, where it serves as the professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Copaken Stage located in downtown Kansas City. KCRep employs more than 250 professional artists, technicians and administrators, and serves more than 100,000 patrons and 12,000 school children annually. To receive updates and news, like KCRep at www.facebook.com/KCREP, follow on Twitter @KCRep or see what’s new via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/kansascityrep.