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Carrollwood Players presents chaos and comedy in ‘Noises Off’


Published:   |   Updated: July 30, 2014 at 09:12 AM

Through Aug. 2 at Carrollwood Players Theatre, patrons will get a behind- the-scenes view of the chaotic process of preparing a live theater production.

What do you get when you cross a slowly disintegrating stage production with sardines, slamming doors, compromising positions and a completely insane cast?

Guests get “Noises Off,” a fast-paced farce that explores the shenanigans of live theater. “Noises Off” depicts actors and stage managers preparing a disorganized flop called “Nothing’s On.” The cast is hopelessly unready, and confused by entrances and exits, missed cues, forgotten lines and troublesome props.

This is the second time “Noises Off” has been produced at Carrollwood Players Theatre, 4333 Gunn Highway.

“We did it 10 years ago and had a great success with it. We felt it was time to try it again,” said director Carlyn Postle. “It is such a crowd pleaser.”

Postle has been in theater for more than 45 years. Though she can sometimes be found on stage, her great love is the “world of backstage.”

She says the audience should expect to “laugh, laugh, and laugh some more.”

The comedy written by Michael Frayn provides the actors with the challenge of portraying two different characters while maintaining believability.

Sara Connolly, playing the dual role of Dottie the actress and Mrs. Clackett, Dottie’s character, said that it was a challenge playing a character portraying a completely different character.

“Dotty and Mrs. Clackett not only have different personalities but different accents as well,” she said. “It has taken a lot of work and a lot of time to flesh out and develop both characters to be believable and unique.”

Both Postle and Connolly agree that their favorite scene is act two, where the audience gets taken backstage during the middle of a performance.

“The audience should come prepared to have a great time,” said Connolly. “You will see some crazy stunts, goofy actors, and lots and lots of sardines. You will also get to have a fun (if hyperbolic) glimpse of what goes on both on- and off-stage for a theatrical production.”

Noises Off is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night and 3 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are available at www.carrollwoodplayers .org, or at the box office for $18 per regular ticket and $15 per senior/student or military ticket.

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