Lyric Arts Main Street Stage kicks off its 2012-13 theater season with the uproarious slapstick comedy “Noises Off.”
Misunderstandings, jealousy, mistaken identities and pandemonium abound when a group of mediocre American actors try to pull off a total flop production called “Nothing On.”
Scott Ford returns to direct English playwright Michael Frayn’s farce, a Tony-nominated show. The show enjoyed a successful local run in 2009 when Ford directed the production at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
“It’s a very funny play,” Ford said. “It is laugh out loud and fast paced. It’s a real crowd pleaser.”
Relationships start to fall apart as the actors struggle from the frantic dress rehearsal to an infamous closing night filled with mayhem.
The show features a revolving set allowing audiences to watch the zany drama and utter chaos unfold backstage.
This play differs from Anoka-Ramsey’s play in that the actors bring their unique interpretations to the characters.
“That’s one of the great things about theater because no production is the same as another production of the same show,” Ford said.
Ford next summer is also slated to direct Lyric Arts’ musical “Hairspray.”
Ford has been named one of two resident directors at the Main Street Stage who will mentor and further define the artistic vision of Lyric Arts.
“Noises Off” opens Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 23. Tickets are $12 to $22. The theater is located at 420 East Main St., Anoka. For more information, visit www.lyricarts.org or call 763-422-1838.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]