The Coaster Theatre Playhouse brings the manic menagerie of backstage madness in Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” to the stage this spring. This ingenious farce follows a troupe of second rate actors through final dress, backstage drama all the way through closing night of the play within a play, “Nothing On.”
This farce about putting on a farce, provides comedic insight in the onstage and backstage challenges of opening a show involving highly improbable events, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. When we meet the cast and crew of “Nothing On,” it’s the night before opening and the actors struggle with entrances, exits and getting props in their right place at the right time. As tensions mount the actors leave the audience wondering. Will they get it right before opening night? As the play progresses dysfunctional relationships are starting to take their toll on the production all the way to closing night when they are barely holding it together.
The onstage madness is directed by Mick Alderman and features an ensemble cast of Coaster Theatre veterans and fresh faces including Cathey Ryan (Dotty Otley), David Ridley (Lloyd Dallas), Daric Moore (Garry Lejeune), Katherine Lacaze (Brooke Ashton), Katrina Godderz (Poppy Norton-Taylor), William Ham (Frederick Fellows), Ann Bronson (Belinda Blair), Richard Bowman (Tim Allgood), Thomas Ryan (Selsdon Mowbray).
Tickets can be purchased at coastertheatre.com, at the theater box office or by calling 503-436-1242. Performances run from March 16-April 21. Sunday shows start at 3 p.m. Tickets, $20 or $25. The Coaster Theatre Playhouse is located at 108 N. Hemlock; coastertheatre.com; 503-436-1242.