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MSA seeks actors for ‘Noises Off’

SAXTONS RIVER—Main Street Arts is holding auditions for its production of the British comedy Noises Off, scheduled for performances during its Great River Theater Festival next summer.

Auditions are Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7., from 3 to 6 p.m., with call-backs Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Rehearsals will begin in May and will typically be held two evenings a week and weekend mornings. Performances are July 10-19.

Those auditioning should expect to read from the play and work into a scene or two. Anyone not able to attend either audition may contact director David Stern at to arrange an alternative audition time.

A list of roles is available on the MSA website at

The 1982 comedy by Michael Frayn takes its name from the theatrical direction indicating sounds coming from offstage. The play deals with what’s happening on both sides of the curtain, as the characters play off each other off-stage to undermine the on-stage action, with plenty of slapstick thrown in.

    A nominee for multiple Tony awards, including three for best play or best revival of a play, the show also received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League nominations and awards.

Noises Off has become a staple of professional and community theater companies on both sides of the Atlantic and, most recently, opened in October for a revival in London’s West End.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #538 (Wednesday, November 27, 2019). This story appeared on page B3.

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