Wrong can be so right in ‘Noises Off’

Slamming doors, misplaced props and actors forgetting their lines are a director’s worst nightmare in the world of theater. Except when they are planned to happen.

Things go wrong on purpose in the next Marshalltown Community Theatre comedy production of “Noises Off.”

Rick Gooding is directing the play, a farce written by Michael Frayn. It centers around a cast rehearsing for a flop called “Nothing On.”

“We did the play back in 1987 and it was a big hit,” Gooding said. “We thought it was a fun show and real entertaining and we thought we’d do it again.”

Revolving stage

The play within a play gives an inside look at the pitfalls of putting together a production, The set even rotates 180 degrees so the audience can see backstage during the second act.

“We’ve built a big turntable on the stage that will revolve,” Gooding said.

The play follows the troupe of actors from the final rehearsal to the end of the production run. They do the same show for three acts but it doesn’t go off in quite the same way.

The first act features the last dress rehearsal, the second act is the show after its toured for awhile and the third act is after the show has been touring for six months.

The cast

Cast members are veteran actors Julie Kruse Brewer, Pete Grady, Jeff Harris, Kate Harris, Lisa Ladd, David Michael and Bill Roberts as well as two newcomers to MCT, Casey Cook and Teandra Hausafus.

Gooding said the play can be difficult and fun at the same time on the cast and they have worked really hard on the production.

“The cast are people in their 20s to their 60s, so it’s a good mix of people,” Gooding said.

The play was written in 1982 and made into a movie in 1992, which starred Carol Burnett, John Ritter, Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine.

Gooding was the director in 1987 when “Noises Off” was at MCT.

“It’s a good show and I’m really happy to do it again,” Gooding said.

Performance times

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Also there will be performances next weekend at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26. All performances are at the Martha Ellen Tye Playhouse, 709 S. Center St.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the MCT Box office, which is open from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays or one hour before each performance. The play is not intended for young children and runs approximately 2.5 hours.

For more information call MCT at 641-752-4164.