Byron Civic Theatre to present ‘Noises Off,’ opening Jan. 30

The cast of the Byron Civic Theatre’s Noises Off is acting out a scene for the upcoming performances of this hilarious production.
The cast of the Byron Civic Theatre’s Noises Off is acting out a scene for the upcoming performances of this hilarious production.

Staff Report

BYRON, Illinois — The Byron Civic Theatre (BCT) will present Noises Off, opening Jan. 30.

Once referred to as the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, on and offstage scheming, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

During this three-act performance, the audience sees the hysterical from several perspectives, including a cast that is hopelessly unread and baffled by entrances and exits, missed cues, forgotten lines and bothersome props; backstage, which provides a view that emphasizes the deteriorating relationships between the cast that lead to offstage shenanigans and onstage chaos; and finally, a should-be-perfected performance, as the actors remain determined at all costs to cover up the mounting series of mishaps and ad-libbing piles of, well, something.

Much of the comedy emerges from the subtle variations in each version as character flaws play off each other off stage to undermine the on-stage performance, with a great deal of slapstick. The contrast between players’ on-stage and off-stage personalities is also a source of comic dissonance.

Noises Off opens Jan. 30 and performances continue Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 6-8. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit www.bctmagic.com or call (815) 312-3000.

Posted Jan. 29, 2015

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