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Outrageous farce, 'Noises Off' bursts onto The Barn Players Playhouse stage

Racheal Redler, David Martin and Vicki Kerns are just three of the frantic characters in the zany comedy, "Noises Off," opening July 18 at The Barn Players Playhouse in Merriam, Kansas.
Racheal Redler, David Martin and Vicki Kerns are just three of the frantic characters in the zany comedy, "Noises Off," opening July 18 at The Barn Players Playhouse in Merriam, Kansas.Vida Bikales

One of the most outrageous and funny plays to grace both Broadway and London’s West End, “Noises Off,” opens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 18 at The Barn Players Playhouse in Kansas City for a limited run through Aug. 3.

The uproarious play-within-a-play is a door slamming farce with critical timing as the cast of a play perform the show during Act I, and then the tables turn to the back side of the set for Act II to show what goes on backstage during Act I. Confused? Well, you should be, but the audience is guaranteed laughs throughout both acts.

The Broadway original run lasted more than 550 performances, which is a long run for a comedy. A revival ran for about 350 performances, according to information on www.ibdb.com, that lists all information about Broadway shows and actors within those shows.

“Noises Off” is Michael Frayn’s farcical play-within-a-play that follows the stage high-jinks of a not-so-talented theatre touring company as they blunder through a sidesplitting bedroom comedy titled “Nothing On”, with awful dress rehearsals, crazy backstage antics, slamming doors and a disastrous show premiere. Rated PG-13, according to a spokesman for The Barn Players.

This purely genius, dizzy, stage romp opens this Friday evening, July 18 and plays through Sunday matinee Aug. 3 at the Barn Players, 6219 Martway in Mission, Kansas. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“Noises Off” is termed the funniest farce ever written -- someone forgets the plates of sardines, actors flub their lines, miss cues, props are misplaced, doors constantly slam and the fun rolls out fast and furious – you’ll laugh until your sides hurt,” the spokesman said.

The Barn Players production is directed by Bill Pelletier and features Vickie Kerns, R. Kevan Myers, David Martin, Rachael Redler, Bob Stewart, Victoria Hoffman, Michael Juncker, Laura Burt and De De Deville.

Tickets are $18, with discounts for seniors and students. For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to the theatre website: www.thebarnplayers.org, call 800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased at the theatre box office prior to each production; For groups over 10, call 913-432-9100.