Rabbit Run Theater, one of Ohio’s few remaining barn theaters, kicks off the 2014 summer season, Friday, June 6, with Michael Fryan’s comedy Noises Off.
A play within a play, Noises Off takes a madcap look at a mediocre acting troupe who allow their personal lives to overshadow their production of an English farce, Nothing On. Just hours before opening, the troupe’s overzealous director is trying to fit in a final dress rehearsal amidst forgotten lines, misplaced actors and much melodrama.
One of the funniest farces ever written, the show ran for almost five years in London’s west end and ran for over 500 performances on Broadway. Noises Off returned to Broadway in 2001 with a cast that included Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher.
Bob Kilpatrick plays the part of Lloyd, the director of this rag-tag group of actors. Playing the role of Fred, who also plays Philip in Nothing On, is Dennis Dixon, whose wife, Belinda (Flavia), is portrayed by Nancy Shimonek Brooks. David Malinowski is in the role of Garry (Roger), and his love interest, Dottie, is played by Sandy Kosovich Peck. The young and near-sighted Brooke (Vicki) is portrayed by Myrissa Yokie with assistant stage manager, Poppy, performed by Evie Koh. The frequently intoxicated and somewhat over-the-hill actor Selsdon is played by Roger Principe with James Lane performing the role of Tim the stage manager.
Noises Off is directed by Ann Hedger, programming coordinator at The Fine Arts Association. Hedger has been associated with Rabbit Run since the 1980’s, and over the years she has directed 11 productions at Rabbit Run with Noises Off making her 12th directorial effort.
New this year patrons may take advantage of a dinner/theater package with Bistro 70 in Painesville. A specially selected three-course menu offering five entrees, an appetizer, dessert as well as a theater ticket make up this $55 a person package (tax and tip are additional). Reservations for this package may be made by calling Bistro 70 at 440-352-7070. It is recommended reservations be made 48-hours in advance. Package is subject to availability. Bistro 70 is located at 70 N. St. Clair St., Painesville, OH.
Noises Off opens Friday, June 6 and runs through Saturday, June 21. Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line atwww.rabbitrunonline.org. Tickets are $21/adult and $19/senior, student. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.
All shows begin at 8 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home and Damon Morgan Corporation.