Major strides continue at The Barn Players Playhouse with the last two productions, “August, Osage County,” and the current production, “Noises Off,” the British comedy/farce, known to be the funniest play ever produced. The Barn’s production equals any professional production for creativity, talent, and concept and should not be missed.
Yes, The Barn has limited space and could not compete with large venues with mega stage space and the ability to drop in or store sets, but instead, the stage design and construction created a set that rotates to accommodate the needs of the show. It’s amazing what has been accomplished at The Barn.
The Barn’s production is nothing short of genius. Bill Pelletier, scored a grand slam with this one. The caliber of actors, direction, timing, etc. to brought “Noises Off” to fruition. The show is chocked full and overflows with hearty laughs through all three acts.
“Noises Off” wowed London audiences when it opened and ran for several years, a strange occurrence for a comedy without music. On Broadway, “Noises Off” show ran for over 500 performances in it’s debut run and another 350 on a second run.
The set contains 9-10 entrances, so one door closes as another opens. “Noises Off” is rapid-fire calamity with each entrance or exit. The story, a play within a play focuses on a final dress rehearsal of a not-so-good play with not-so-good actors. The play opens in less than 24 hours and there had not been a full rehearsal, lines are not memorized, personal problems with actors, an aging actor (who seems to have some dementia and a drinking problem), a mostly absent director, and more problems than one can imagine are only the beginning of the show.
While the play-within-a-play contains many problems, be it known that the actors and direction of The Barn’s version makes the preposterous slapstick funny. Bill Pelletier assembled a cast that absolutely played the comedy as seriously as they would a straight play. Their characters are focused and believable from the onset. Not one weakness shows in any of the talent on stage.
Act I is funny. Act II is over-the-top funny. And, Act III still adds more to the comedy and mishaps. The show is guaranteed non-stop laughs.
The show features a stellar cast of community theater standouts. Their perfornances and knowledge of timing makes the comedy even more humorous. The cast includes: Vicki Kerns, R. Kevan Myers, David Martin, Rachael Redler, Laura Burt, Robert Michael Stewart, Victoria Hoffman, Michael Juncker, David Krom.
Stand up and cheer them–all of them– for a delightful farce. Act II is a virtual sprint in, out, across, and upstairs/downstairs. All are supurb in their performances. To single one out would be a disservice to the rest. They are the example of ensemble cast.
As for the creative team, Pelletier assembles a fine stable of actors for this intricate piece and he understood the necessity of timing. He had to translate stage intructions and movement so no line is lost or entrance missed. It’s beautiful to watch what he created.
The set design needs separate accolades. Yes, The Barn has been limited in the past with the staging, but the two story, revolving stage pushed the company to new standards. Bill Wright and D. K. Everson created magic with the set and the stage management. Included also in the creative team: Phillip Leonard, lighting; Sean Leistico, sound; Jeremy Riggs, stunts; Amy Eisele, props; Tamara Kingston, dialect; Alex Morales, graphics; Marla Gonzales, costumes; Sara Cooper, production intern; Amanda Rhodes, light board; Bill Wright, Sean Leistico, Ryan Lewan, Derrick Freeman, Marla Gonzales, Sara Cooper,Tamara Kingston, scene shift.
Do not miss “Noises Off” at The Barn Players Playhouse. The show continues throuh Aug. 3. Time is running out, and seating is limited due to the needs of the set. Seating remains about 90 and even Industry Night sold out.
Ticket may be purchased online at The Barn Players or secured via telephone to the box office.