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George School Students Perform Farcical Play Noises Off

Tuesday, May 23, 2006  
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Issued: May 22, 2006

George School's advanced drama students will perform the comedy Noises Off on Friday, May 26, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 27, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. in Walton Center Auditorium. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright Michael Frayn, Noises Off is about the comic antics that arise both onstage and offstage as a struggling theater troupe takes a show on tour.

 

Liam Scully-Wolfe (a junior from Doylestown, Pennsylvania) plays Tim, the stage manager.  "He tries to make everybody happy," Liam said.  When the backstage hijinks between the actors threaten to pull the show apart, Liam said, "He kind of starts to panic, but he never voices his criticism." 

 

In the first act, the actors perform a dress rehearsal of the play within the play, Nothing On.  "As in all farces, there is an abundance of doors behind which to hide," director and George School drama teacher Nelson Camp said.  Two couples in Nothing On inhabit the same house but are unaware of each other's presence, and the set's seven doors allow them to narrowly miss discovering each other.

 

For the second act, the set is reversed so that the backstage arguments and romances between the actors in Nothing On become the focus.  "The second act is really a look at what's happening behind the scenes of the play," Liam said.  In the third act, the set is reversed again.  The actors give their final performance of Nothing On, and the disastrous effects of their backstage struggles on the performance become hilariously clear.  Brandon Wright (a senior from Newark, New Jersey), plays Lloyd, the director of Nothing On.  "He gets really frustrated and he yells a lot.  He wants a good show, but it just doesn't happen that way," Brandon explained.  To make matters worse, when he unexpectedly has to substitute for one of the actors onstage, Lloyd has an attack of stage fright.  "He panics when he sees the audience," Brandon said.

 

Ben Goldberg (a junior from Durham, New Hampshire) noted that the complicated stage directions in Noises Off require a high degree of coordination between all of the actors.  "Farces are really challenging plays," he said.  Amanda Darby (a senior from New Market, Maryland) agreed.  "In a farce, you depend on everyone else," she said.  "You have to get the right cues from everybody."