Photos courtesy of Mark Garvin Photography
Lacy lingerie and plates of sardines appear both in the air and underfoot while a dysfunctional company of actors prepare for the opening performance of the play-within-a-play Nothing On. They flub their lines, forget their props, miss their cues, and somehow survive each others’ flaws, foibles, theatrics, and love triangles. From award-winning playwright Michael Frayn, Noises Off is a wickedly funny revelation of what can happen on the other side of the curtain.
People’s Light is one of only a handful of American theaters with a long-term resident ensemble of artists, many of whom have worked together since the theatre’s founding in 1974. Safe to say, these artists are keenly familiar with what it’s like to collaborate closely during long production runs, to negotiate the personal and professional conflicts that inevitably pop up along the way, and to ensure that the show goes on no matter what chaos might explode backstage. This depth of experience makes People’s Light the perfect match for Michael Frayn’s wild play-within-a-play comedy Noises Off. “Our company members GET this material,” says director Pete Pryor. “And our guest actors are hilarious, fearless, and willing to dive into the world of this play.”
“Noises Off is a love letter from a brilliant writer to the theatre, an amazingly well-structured piece of writing, and arguably one of the funniest farces ever written.”
Noises Off previews on Wednesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 pm and Friday, July 12 at 8 pm. The play opens on Saturday, July 13 and runs through Sunday, August 4. Audiences are encouraged to join the artists for a conversation about the production after the Thursday performances on July 18, 25 and August 1, 2013.
People’s Light continues its program called Scoop on Sundays: History, Context, and Gossip, a lively discussion before every Sunday 7 pm performance (July 14, 21 & 28). An artist will discuss the world of the play, how and why it was chosen, as well as how it was cast, designed, and rehearsed. The program begins at 5:30 in The Farmhouse Bistro. Cost of $15 includes light fare. Call the Box Office at 610.644.3500.
Single tickets: $25 – $45. For tickets, call the Box Office at 610.644.3500. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase group tickets, call 610.647.1900 x111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
People’s Light & Theatre is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. For tickets call 610.644.3500 or visit peopleslight.org.