“Don’t panic! Don’t panic!” Wayne State’s Bonstelle Theatre is presenting what the New York Post proclaims as “the funniest farce ever written,” Michael Frayn’s Tony-nominated “Noises Off,” from Oct. 14 – 23. “Noises Off” has become a staple in both professional and community theatres on both sides of the Atlantic, having won the London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Drama Desk Award in New York for Outstanding Ensemble.
Frayn has undertaken numerous rewrites in order to keep “Noises Off” fresh and up-to-date since its late 1970s inception, the most recent being in 2000. Making its Wayne State University debut at the Hilberry Theatre in the 1990-91 season, “Noises Off” will return to WSU in its updated form at the Bonstelle Theatre. Returning patrons, see it again for the first time. Newcomers, come see what this riot is all about!
A play within a play, “Noises Off” centers around a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop entitled “Nothing On.” Out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate love affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. Onstage and offstage hilarity ensues, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final disastrous performance of their dreadful bedroom comedy. “Noises Off” is a comic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines that is not to be missed!
The Bonstelle Theatre, located at 3424 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is a Broadway-style house with a 1,143-seat auditorium featuring a balcony. Here, future stars of theater, film and television follow in the footsteps of such successful alumni as Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning S. Epatha Merkerson (NBC’s “Law and Order,” “Lackawanna Blues”), Lily Tomlin (“9 to 5,” ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”) and Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters,” NBC’s “Heroes).
Tickets are $12-$15 and are available by calling 313-577-2960, by visiting http://www.bonstelle.com or by stopping at the Wayne State University Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Cass Avenue and Hancock.