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COC performs 'Noises Off' starting May 7

Four performances only

Posted: April 22, 2009 3:06 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2009 3:33 p.m.
A play within a play, the College of the Canyons Theatre Department production of "Noises Off" will charm audiences for four nights at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center starting Thursday, May 7.

The play, which New York Magazine called a "side-splitting" farce, is directed by Paul Wickline, chair of the college's theatre department.

"The concept of the ‘play within the play' isn't unique," Wickline said. "Many playwrights have explored this idea. However, none has crafted as ingenious a script as Michael Frayn's ‘Noises Off.'"

A hapless provincial theater company puts on a conventional sex farce called "Nothing On." For the first few minutes, the audience watches that very farce -- but quickly realizes it's a disastrous rehearsal. Doors slam, plates of sardines go flying and actors miss their cues. The result is chaotically comical.

"Working on this project with such a terrific group of both college and community actors and a talented team of designers has been a delight," Wickline sai . "I look forward to sharing our work with the public."

"Noises Off" will take the stage at 8 p.m. on May 7 through May 9 and at 2 p.m. on May 10.


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