SHS Drama Department to present spring play, ‘Noises Off’
Springfield High School’s theatre department is getting farcical with this year’s spring play, Noises Off, by Michael Fryan. This knee-slapping play-within-a-play will go on stage Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m.
Michael Frayn’s Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers and — of course — flying sardines!