COMES TO HARTFORD STAGE
With Michael Frayn’s farcical “Noises Off!” you get two
plays for the price of one: a behind the curtain look at
the cast runs amok trying to put on a British comedy “Nothing On” and
hilarious convoluted play where everyone seems intent on murdering or
with some one in the company. The Hartford Stage
will be busy
entertaining lovers and enemies until Sunday, May 17.
Be prepared for plates of flying sardines, appearing and
disappearing bottles of whiskey, a bevy of burglars, a menacing
hatchet, a hot
water bottle, a cactus plant, missing door knobs, misdelivered bouquets
flowers, sex maniacs, lost contact lenses, banging doors, fist fights,
shoelaces, tangled bed sheets, unpaid tax bills, nose bleeds,
real estate agents, Arab sheiks and falling trousers.
This is silliness personified and glee gloried as a director
with faded charms, played by an infinitely patient and long suffering
tries to pull together a cast of actors who are more than slightly off
mark, in a play, that like a Jell-O mold with fresh pineapple chunks,
to gel. With Johanna Morrison as the ditsy housekeeper, Noble
Shropshire as the
alcoholic and bungling burglar, Michael Bakkensen, Liv Rooth, Andrea
David Andrew Macdonald as the cast of characters who make entrances and
in various states of dishevelment and disarray and Veronique Hurley and
Toot as the trusty backstage crew, the fun barrels along.
A wonderful revolving set designed by Tony Straiges helps
propel the action as does the timely and targeted direction by Malcolm
For tickets ($23-66), call Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street,
Hartford at 860-520-5151. Performances are Tuesday,
and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees
and selected Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Sneak a peek behind the curtain as a disorganized and
British acting troupe puts on a sexy comedy show when personal and
attachments and arguments cause hilarious havoc.
appear inthe Middletown Press on May 14.