Michael Frayns' ever-popular farce, Noises Off, finishes a run at Chicago's Theatre Building, Dec. 19. Broutil & Frothingham Productions, who scored a 1998 Jeff Citation for The Art of Dining, is producing. Previews began Oct. 14 for an opening Oct. 17.
The show takes place on the set of Nothing On, a wild English farce. Noises Off is about what happens backstage during rehearsal and production, a realm more farcical than the farce itself. Noises Off opened on Broadway Dec. 12, 1983 at the Brooks Atkinson with Victor Garber and Paxton Whitehead in lead roles. A film starring Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and Carol Burnett was made in 1992.
Directed by Terry McCabe, the Chicago mounting features Erin Carlson, Cameron Feagin, Page Hearn, Brian LeTraunik, Doug KacKechnie, Mary Poole, Brian Posen, George Seegebrecht, Sheila Willis, Darice DaMata Geiger and AnnMarie Parker. Designing the show are Jacqueline & Richard Penrod (set), Andrew Myers (lighting), Johnny Bash (sound) and Darice DaMata-Geiger (costumes).
Frayn's other plays including Benefactors, the four one-acts of The Two of Us, and the Broadway-bound Copenhagen.
For tickets ($22-$26) and information on Noises Off, call the Barn Theatre at (773) 327-5252. -- By David Lefkowitz