xWhite Rock Players
Noises Off!
by Michael Frayn

Dates and Venue 8 - 25 Oct 2014 | Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Road, White Rock

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Artistic Director Ryan Mooney does it again with a successful production of this zany, hilarious and classically comic play.about a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On, a farce in the style of the comedie francaise, with doors slamming, on and offstage, intrigue, and ...sardines?

The actors kept the audience laughing all through this 2.5 hour play.which, according to Mooney, has always fascinated him from both sides of the footlights. Like Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, but in a comic vein, we see the fourth wall broken as actors participate from the auditorium.

Val Dearden gave us a sample of her comic prowess, and all the actors as well delivered to make the play appear like a real flop, reciting lines with the wrong cues, moving in and out at the wrong times, and giving prompts when none was necessary. It must have been fun rehearsing this play, as the actors seemed to enjoy themselves being foppish. What amazed me was how they all worked as an ensemble, especially in the second act, backstage, doing their shenanigans all in pantomime mode.

What fine actors! Kudos to Val Dearden, Tom Gage, Krystle Hadlow, Vanessa Klein, Bryce Mills, Sheila Greentree,Josh Fuller, Dan Tribe, and Ken Fynn for their remarkable acting. Hats off to Ryan Mooney and set decorators and builders Colleen McGoff Dean, Naomi Mitchell, Andrrea Olund, Tim Driscoll, Mike and Rosemary Schuster for a marvelous set. The opening night audience applauded the set when the curtains came up.

The show runs for the next two weeks. Be sure not to miss it.

© 2014 Ed Farolan