Xavier Players staging comedy Noises Off

The Players go for laughs in the performance, which centers around the stumbling and bumbling antics of an inept acting troupe | October 9, 2006

Xavier Players are staging “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn, an uproarious comedy that follows the on and off-stage antics of an inept acting troupe as it stumbles from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Everything that can go wrong does, as actors desperately try to hang on to their lines, their performances and the furniture.

The production is directed by Cathy Springfield, Xavier’s director for performing arts, and features a 30-foot turntable that the Players borrowed from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. The turntable supports a two-story set and allows the audience to see the behind-the-scenes antics.

The play, which was made into a film in 1992 starring Carol Burnett and Michael Caine, runs from Oct. 19-22 at the Gallagher Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. each evening. A 1:00 p.m. performance is also offered on Saturday, Oct. 21

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $15 for adults. For more information call the box office at 513 745-3939.

It is the philosophy of the Xavier Players to combine real-life experiences in the form of meaningful service that relates to the issues presented in the plays. The Players believe it is in this act of service that one truly become socially aware. Xavier, as a Catholic Jesuit University, strives to form students intellectually, morally, spiritually, with rigor and compassion, toward lives of solidarity, service and success.

For more information please visit www.xavier.edu/student_life/players/index.cfm.