Noises Off Leaves 'Em Laughing
For the past two weekends Fort Tilden has been the scene of mass audience hysteria as Michael Frayn's hilarious British farce, Noises Off, has packed houses at the Rockaway Theatre Company's Post Theater. For theatre goers who may not be familiar with the play, Noises Off presents the story of a hapless English acting troupe touring a production of a farce called Nothing On. The plot of Nothing On is a bit difficult to follow as it is continuously interrupted by door slamming, sexual dalliances, confusion, deception, misconception, physical handicaps, alcohol abuse, severe bodily injury, and lots and lots of sardines. All this makes for a side-splitting evening of theater.
Noises Off is a play that is rarely tackled by community theaters as it requires a cast of first rate comic actors with split second timing.
The Rockaway Theatre Company production features nine superbly talented actors who are certainly worthy of individual mention: The actors of Nothing On (the play within the play) are Lori Santopetro as Dotty Otley who plays Mrs. Clackett, Dan Hermann as Selsdon Mowbray who plays the burgler, Dianna Marino as Brooke Ashton who plays Vicki, Frank Freeman as Frederick Fellowes and Amber Bloom as Belinda Blair, who play Philip and Flavia Brent respectively, and Frank Caiati as Garry Lejeune who plays Roger Tramplemain. The cast is directed by Lloyd Dallas who is played by the very charming Tom Kane. Mr. Dallas is assisted by a stage manager, Poppy Norton-Taylor, played by Tristan Kerry O'Connor and a technical assistant named Tim played by Eric Fitzgerald. f you're finding all this hard to follow, have no fear, if this incredible cast does its job half as well as in past performances, you will be even more bewildered when you actually see the show.
The credit for this remarkable production actually lies with Director Bernard Bosio who is responsible for assembling this wonderful group of actors and perfecting the great physical comedy which is the key to performing any farce well. Seeing the phenomenal two story set on which the action is performed, alone, is worth the price of admission. Credit for this goes to Technical Director, Roger Gonzalez, who has designed and, almost singlehandedly, constructed the amazing, fully reversible set required for this elaborate production.
If you enjoy good, old fashioned farce. If slapstick still sticks in your funny bone. If you are the kind of sophisticated theatergoer who finds men with their pants down, women crawling around in their underwear, clumsy pratfalls, spontaneous nosebleeds, being knocked unconscious with a blow to the head, slipping on, sitting in, or being pelted with greasy sardines or the ever-hilarious cactus in the keester, amusing, then this play definitely has something humorous to offer you! Unfortunately it won't be around for very much longer. The final two performances of Noises Off are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8PM. After that Noises Off will indeed be off. The Post Theater is conveniently located at Fort Tilden in Breezy Point, Queens, just minutes from the Flatbush Avenue Exit on the Belt Parkway. Call the RTC hotline at 718-850-2450 and make your reservation now. Don't miss your chance to find out what everyone's been laughing about.