February 9th - April 9th
A classic door-slamming backstage comedy by Michael Frayn, Noises Off takes us behind the scenes of the mounting of a new farce, Nothing On. It’s a story told in three acts with a rotating set, providing us looks both onstage and off as the ill-fated new farce careens from catastrophic dress rehearsals to historically hilarious failures during its run.
From Lee Juillerat from the Klamath Falls Herald and News:
"Fasten the seatbelts. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of laughs and hilarity with Noises Off, this year’s season opening production at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre."
"The relatively intimate Cabaret is also the perfect venue because it connects the audience with the players. Ironically, “Noises Off” was performed several years ago at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, but that production never generated the same sense of energy, wit and fun because its too large theater didn’t provide a real sense of connection."
"It all makes for a raucous, howlingly hilarious romp. The noise in Noises Off is the sound of laughter."
From Jeffrey Gillespie from the Ashland Daily Tidings:
"Noises Off at Oregon Cabaret Theatre is a near-perfect night of robust screwball comedy. It is suggested that you get your seat now, while there's still a seat to be had."
"But nothing could quite prepare us for the sheer velocity of OCT's first production of 2017."
"In a raucously funny and unrelentingly harefooted race to the finish, nine actors who are clearly in far better physical shape than any of us could attest to be race through eight doors, up and down stairs, backstage, downstage and upstage, spewing line after line of comedic dialogue with the sort of giddy fortitude that could only leave an audience reeling with laughter and delight.
From Katherine Hannon of the Medford Mail Tribune:
"While the fictional actors flounder, the OCT actors shine. "Noises Off" is a funny, funny show with a strong cast. "
"In the end, the motley cast finds a shabby nobility of purpose. The play is a mess, but they'll see this mess through to its ridiculous finale. OCT's deft production becomes not just a farce but an affectionate tribute to those who (sometimes inelegantly) tread the boards."
From Edith Decker of the Grants Pass Daily Courier:
"If the winter doldrums have you by the throat, forget light therapy and happy pills. Go to “Noises Off.”"
"Director Valerie Rachelle doesn’t disappoint in preparing this wild ride to start strong, clearly rehearsing the professional cast until they were spot on."
Noises Off requires every cast member to be exactly on time with every line, maneuver and prop — three times over — all three acts being the same, only different. That’s a tall order, but this cast makes comedy look easy. And that’s a tall compliment."
From our Facebook page:
"This was a great performance!"
"The Best OCT yet. We Love this play. This cast was pitch perfect. Memorable performances."
"A great show"
"What a great show! I would definitely see it again."
"We were there last Friday and laughed till it hurt!"
"Actors are wonderful... zany... energetic... give your laugh button a "go" signal... do NOT miss Noises Off!"
"Hilarious! I went last week and laughed the whole time"
"That was a fun show! I went to the matinee on Saturday... those pants-down hops up the stairs were quite impressive!"
"Fabulous show Livia, Paul, Jessica, and company, thanks, we laughed till we cried!"
"Every time I go to see a show it exceeds my expectations by 100%!!! Love, love, love this theater!!!"
"Noises Off is an absolutely fantastic show! One of my personal favorites. If your in town, or not, make it a point to see this fabulous production."
"My wife and I celebrated Valentine's Day enjoying this slap stick comedy - "Noises Off". We weren't the only ones as the audience was roaring through most of this excellent production. The actors were amazing, how they will ever hold up through April 2017 when the play closes is beyond me. [Paul] Michael Garcia plays "Garry" and repeatedly is rolling down stairs, bumping into poles, and somehow never misses a line. I hope his health holds up. Deanne Ott (playing "Brooke") is another standout performer. Her repeated outrageous facial expressions are a hoot! KUDOS to the entire production!"
John has worked locally as an actor with OCT, The Rogue Music Theatre, and six seasons with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directing credits include Ashland High School’s The Music Man and Juneau Civic Light Opera’s Candide. John has also appeared at The Portland Repertory Theatre, in Sacramento with “Music Circus,” and in the Bay area with the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival.
Livia has been a professional actress and member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1969. She began her stage career at the St. Louis Municipal Opera and has performed throughout the country from Broadway (Rizzo in Grease) to Hollywood, guest starring on everything from Three’s Company to Hill St. Blues, including a four-month stint on Days of our Lives. The founder of the Camelot Theatre Company and its Artistic Director for over 14 years, her acting and directing credits there include over 50 productions. Ms. Genise recently returned from Portland, where she directed The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Galloway is so proud to join the team at OCT for this wonderful season. You may remember him from past productions as The Emcee in Cabaret, Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Dr. Parker in Bat Boy, and Dr. Frank-n-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. Other favorite regional credits include Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl, and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! Feel free to follow Galloway on Twitter @gallowaystevens.
Deanna is thrilled to return to OCT after playing Roxie in Chicago this last summer! Recent favorites: A Christmas Story (Snarky Elf/Ens, National Tour) West Side Story (Velma, Drury Lane Theatre), Into The Woods (Little Red, USF), Sense and Sensibility (Sophia, USF), A Christmas Carol (Belle, Palace Th.), Spamalot (Laker Girl, Palace Th.) Love to her family! Eucharisteo.
Paul Michael Garica
Paul studied acting at Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and set designer. He began his professional career down the street in the acting company of the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, performing in King Lear, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest. Shortly after his time at OSF he began a career in the audiobook industry. A seven time AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Paul has narrated over 150 titles including Psycho by Robert Bloch, The Tin Drum the haunting classic novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Günter Grass, and Chuck Palahniuk's Survivor and Pygmy, among others. Paul is returning to the Cabaret after appearing in 2015 as Cliff Bradshaw in the musical Cabaret.
Leah is thrilled to be returning to OCT as a new resident of Ashland! She was last seen here as Fraulein Kost/Fritzie in Cabaret. Leah previously resided in Oceano, CA where she appeared onstage and as choreographer at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville. Credits at TGAM include: Frankenstein’s Bride, Across the River, Trudy and the Beast and many more! Other credits: Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Ragtime and the U.S. Premiere of Nicola McCartney’s Lifeboat all at PCPA Theatrefest. Leah received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island. Much love to her amazing family and friends!
John is very happy to be back on stage at the Cabaret in 2017, 25 years after his first show here, Working. He's thrilled that the show is Noises Off, which he was in 30 years ago, as Freddy. Now he's playing Selsdon, and basing his character on his neighbor's cat, who creates consternation throughout the neighborhood, but always assumes that everyone adores him. Recently at the Cabaret, he played Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and was in Ring of Fire, playing guitar and singing the songs of Johnny Cash. John would like to thank Val and Rick for keeping the Cabaret a wonderful place to work!
Jessica has been in many OCT shows, and was most recently seen as Edie in Pine Mountain Lodge, Roz in 9 to 5, Mona in Dames at Sea, and an array of characters in A Christmas Carol. In addition to her work at the Cabaret, regional credits include The Chelsea Playhouse-NYC, Boston Symphony Hall, PCPA, Actor's Theatre of Phoenix, Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay Inc., and SUDS with the original director, choreographer, and writer of the show at the Mt. Baker Theatre. Jessica attended The Boston Conservatory and Pacific Conservatory Theatre.
James Paul Xavier
James is excited to join the Oregon Cabaret Theatre family and be a part of this hysterical play. His favorite roles include LeFou in Beauty & the Beast (PCPA), William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Toby in Sweeney Todd, Officer Barrel in Urinetown (Morgan Wixson Theatre), Ellard in The Foreigner, Malcolm in The Full Monty, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Charles Dabernow Schmendiman in Picasso at The Lapine Agile, Merlie Ryan in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (SRT), Larry in Mr. Marmalade (Theatrevolution), Reyes in Rick Robinson's IRL: In Real Life (Lucid by Proxy).
About the Show
The idea for Noises Off came in 1970, when playwright Michael Frayn was watching from the wings a performance of The Two of Us, a farce that he had written for Lynn Redgrave. He said, "It was funnier from behind than in front, and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind."The prototype, a short-lived one-act play called Exits, was written and performed in 1977. At the request of his associate, Michael Codron, Frayn expanded this into what would become Noises Off. It takes its title from the theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage.
Noises Off has comic sexual situations and mild coarse language. Were it a movie, it would likely be rated PG.
Director: Valerie Rachelle
Stage Manager: Laura Judson
Set/Lighting Designer: Craig Hudson
Costume Designer: Claudia Everett
Assistant Director: Lauren Blair