A graphic of actors in a sardine can, promoting Noises Off at Theatre Calgary
Noises Off opens the season at Theatre Calgary | Image: Courtesy of Theatre Calgary

Noises Off

Theatre Calgary opens its season with farcical play-within-a-play

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Opening its season with big laughs, a set full of doors, and a cast of Calgary favourites, join Theatre Calgary for Michael Frayn’s hilarious play-within-a play, Noises Off.

The show follows a group of actors who are desperately trying to remember their lines and their alliances. Taking the world of theatre and turning it on its head, this unique farce takes place during a fictional dress rehearsal, backstage, and a late-run performance.

“Michael Frayn has created one of the best—and most complicated—examples of the genre,” says director Mark Bellamy in a statement. “Noises Off is actually a farce inside a farce—or rather a farce about a farce. The intrepid artists trying desperately to get through the fictitious door-slamming farce Nothing On are beset with every problem a theatrical production can encounter.”

With Calgary’s own master of the genre directing, this season opener is a must-see for any fans. Add in precise set and lighting design by Betty Mitchell Award winner Anton de Groot along with a cast of some of the city’s funniest actors and you’ve got a recipe for a gut-busting production.

Noises Off runs September 10 to October 5, 2019 at the Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons (240 9th Ave. SE). Previews take place September 10 to 12 with opening night on September 13.