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‘Noises Off’ will continue Creighton Department of Fine and Performing Arts 2015 golden jubilee

"Noises Off" comes to FPA stage, Feb. 18-22.“Noises Off,” the classic play-within-a-play comedy, will be warm winter fare on the Mainstage Theatre at Creighton’s Lied Education Center for the Arts later this month.

The production continues the year-long 50th anniversary celebration of the University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts in 2015. Performances will take place Feb. 18 through 21 at 7:30 p.m., with a Feb. 22 matinee staging at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting boxoffice.creighton.edu or calling 402-280-1448. Prices are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors and $5 with a Creighton ID.

Following the misfortunes of a bottom-rung British theater troupe, “Noises Off” tells the tale of their slapstick efforts to put on a 10-week run of a farce called “Nothing On.” Onstage, the cast of the farce is adrift in a sea of missed cues, early entrances and a welter of prop sardine plates. Offstage, the thespians are beset by interwoven scrambles in their personal lives. The combination renders the performances of “Nothing On” into hopeless mishmashes, often dissolving into utter chaos in the play’s latter scenes and adding comic resonance to “Noises Off.”

Directed by Alan Klem, “Noises Off” stars Elizabeth Dagle as fading stage actress Dotty Otley, who is enmeshed in an affair with a younger actor, Garry Lejeune, played by Austin Spillane. Eddie McGonigal plays the womanizing, acerbic director of “Nothing On,” Lloyd Dallas, whose philandering may have him facing a challenge with Poppy Norton-Taylor, an assistant stage manager played by Krista Bergren. Alexia Lorch plays Brooke Ashton, a shy, untried actress looking for her big break. The cast is rounded out by Peter Nicholson, Emma Rasmussen, Ali Saeel and Ephriam Harnsberger. Kristi Walsh is the assistant director with set design by Victoria Vitola.

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