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'Noises Off' at SC Performing Arts Center

A high spirited farce runs through May 10

Posted: May 7, 2009 2:39 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2009 6:04 a.m.

Left to right, Wednesday Hobson, Melanie Wahla and Stephen Whelan in "Noises Off" on stage at COC.

A play within a play, the College of the Canyons Theatre Department production of "Noises Off" will charm audiences at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the campus of College of the Canyons in Valencia, now through May 10.

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," said Wickline. "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," said Wickline. "I look forward to sharing our work with the public."


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