2006-09-01 / Community

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'Noises Off'Goes on at The Rockaway Theatre Company

Michael Frayn's hilarious British farce, Noises Off, opens this weekend at The Post Theater in Fort Tilden and theatre-goers are definitely in for a wild and wacky theatrical whirlwind from the first to the final act. Noises Off presents the story of a hapless English acting troupe touring a production of a farce called Nothing On. Nothing On (The play within the play) must be about something, but it's hard to figure out exactly what. What you can figure on is lots

doors slamming, sexual dalliance, confusion, deception, misconception, lots and lots of sardines and of course, lots and lots of laughs.

While Noises Off is probably the best play of its genre, it is not often performed in local theaters and many otherwise savvy theatergoers may be unfamiliar with the plot. This does not surprise R.T.C. Artistic Director John Gilleece who says, "The play is very difficult to produce. It involves some very sophisticated and complicated physical comedy demanding the talents of very professional comic actors as well as an extremely intricate and detailed duplex set which must completely rotate 180 degrees three times during each performance. Due to limited resources and talent, many small theater companies tend to avoid such demanding projects"

The Rockaway Theatre Company was apparently undaunted by the demands of the play and believes that theatergoers will find that all production hurdles have been admirably overcome. Key players in this production are Technical Director, Roger Gonzalez, who has designed and, almost single-handedly, constructed the elaborate convertible set needed for this play. Bernard Bosio is a talented and experienced director who has assembled an impressive cast of actors beginning with his alter-ego, Lloyd Dallas, Director of the wacky cast of Nothing On which consists of the dotty Dotty (Lori Santopetro) who can barely remember her lines, the elderly and nearly deaf Selsdon (Dan Hermann), the sexy siren Brooke (Dianna Marino), the inarticulate Garry (Frank Caiati), the overly nervous Frederick (Frank Freeman), and the ever-game Belinda (Amber Bloom). The cast of Noises Off, the encompassing play, is rounded off by RTC veterans Tristan Kerry O'Connor and Eric Fitzgerald who play Poppy Norton-Taylor and Tim Allgood, respectively.

The outward story, Noises Off, about the acting troupe, is every bit as convoluted as the inside story, Nothing On. The same questions which arise about the actors apply just, as strongly, to the characters they portray: Who's in love with whom? Who doesn't know what? Why is everyone angry? What's with all the sardines? If you're confused, perhaps you should head to the Post Theater at Fort Tilden and see Noises Off. Even if you can't figure it out you'll certainly have lots of laughs trying.

The show opens on Labor Day weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday night at 8PM, and continues weekends through Sept. 16. There will be matinees on Sept. 9th and 10th. For further information and reservations call the RTC hotline at 718-850-2450.

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