Meanwhile, the actors and actresses have their own issues emerging. Just what is going on in real life? Sometimes they know and sometimes they have no idea.
The cast includes from left to right...
Kent Smith as Selsdon Mowbray, the elderly actor with a love for whiskey
Mary Ann Smith as Dotty Otley, a forgetful actress
Eric Thomas as Tim Allgood, an overworked stage manager
Ian Tinney as Garry Lejeune, a stuttering actor
The director of the inner play, Nothing On, Lloyd Dallas, gets so upset with the flawed final rehearsal that he finally exclaims when one of the actors wants to understand the play, "Getting the sardines on, getting the sardines off. That's farce! That's theater! That's life!"
Dennis Murphy also noted in his Director's Notes that The Drama Workshop would never have scheduled Noises Off if the group did not have "absolute trust" that set designer, Ray Persing, could design and build a two-story, seven door set sturdy enough to support the action and revolve between acts as needed. (That's our son, the engineer.)
Here is one side of the set...the stage...
and the other side... back stage...
Here are more of the creative team members who made this play possible.
The play will be presented again this coming weekend, August 26, 27, and 28. If you like to laugh, don't miss it. You can get more information by going to