PITTSBURG — A play within a play, a farce within a farce.
Pittsburg State University Theatre will present “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn, a story of a troupe of British actors performing a 12 week run called “Nothing On.”
The audience will watch the dress rehearsal, backstage and a final performance of “Nothing On.”
“In a sense, you kinda see the same act in several different ways,” Director Gil Cooper said.
By the last act the stage is flipped — literally — giving a comical look into the background, a farce of love triangles, misunderstandings, mistiming and more.
“If you’ve been in theater you will recognize these things,” Cooper said.
In fact, the whole set comes apart into in five different pieces which like a puzzle, come together. The cast will use all eight doors multiple times, Cooper said.
Technical Director Linden Little has worked on the sets since before the school’s winter break.
At first taking 25 minutes to change the set, the crew can now change the it in less than 10 minutes, Cooper said.
Austin VanBecelaere — whose last play it is before graduation after a full college career in theater — plays Federick Fellowes. Fellowes, VanBecelaere said, simply doesn’t realize anything is wrong with the play.
“He’s just so completely clueless of what’s going on around him,” he said.
VanBecelaere said it’s a fun last play to do as it is considered “comedy gold.”
Staying on cue at the right time with such similar roles is difficult according to PSU Alum Antonio Sanchez who plays Selsdon Mowbray.
This will be the first full play for Sarah Potter, who is casted at Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent — Belinda being the characters “off stage” name and Flavia the character Potter’s character plays.
“This show is the most terrifying show in the most fun way possible,” Potter said.
Cooper applauded everyone involved in the play for their hard work and dedication, making the final product possible.
“Having a tech crew completely committed to making it work and work well and actors who are talented and dedicated — it’s been a wonderful experience,” Cooper said.
Want to go?
The theater will present “Noises Off” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Miller Theater located at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $12 for the general public, $7 for people under 17 or over 64 and free to all PSU students, faculty and staff with a valid PSU photo I.D. Tickets can be purchased through the PSU Ticket Office or by phone at 620-235-4796 or online at pittstate.edu/office/tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the theater starting approximately 30 minutes before each performance.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun