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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

URI Theatre to present a farce within a farce

‘Noises Off’ opens Nov. 29 in Will Theatre
Omar Laguerre-Lewis, left, Brooks A. Shatraw and Katharine Templeton
Omar Laguerre-Lewis, left, Brooks A. Shatraw and Katharine
Templeton in URI Theatre’s production of the farce “Noises Off,”
which opens Nov. 29 in the Robert E. Will Theatre.
Photo by Michael Salerno
The University of Rhode Island Department of Theatre will open the popular Michael Frayn comedy “Noises Off” on Nov. 29.

“Noises Off” is one of the great farces about a farce. Audiences find themselves backstage at the Weston-super-Mare production of “Noises On,” and things aren’t going well for the cast – rehearsals are taking forever, no one knows their blocking, and where do we put these sardines? Three hilarious acts take the audience from rehearsal, to the backstage, to a manic final performance.

Guest artist Chris Simpson, artistic director of The Contemporary Theatre in Wakefield, R.I., is directing “Noises Off.”

Costume design is by Jennifer Stavrakas, of Wakefield, a senior theatre major; scenic design is by guest artist, Jeffrey Modereger, who designed the set for URI’s 1992 production of “Noises Off.” Associate scenic design is by URI Theatre’s Mary Grace Moran; lighting design is by senior theatre major Cameron Waitkun, of East Greenwich, R.I.; and sound design is by guest artist Michael Hyde.

“Noises Off” runs Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre at URI Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, on the Kingston Campus. On Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, shows begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 19. General admission is $20; $15 for seniors, URI faculty, staff and students. To purchase tickets, visit, or call (401) 874-5843.

Cast of “Noises Off”
Actor, hometown, character

Katharine Templeton, Providence, Dotty Otley/Mrs. Clackett
Erik Schlicht, Cumberland, Lloyd Dallas
Brooks A. Shatraw, North Smithfield, Garry Lejeune/Rogert Tramplemain
Aredemis Kassabian, Wakefield, Brooke Ashton/Vicki
Daniel F. Greene, Easton, Mass., Frederick Fellowes/Philip Brent
Emma Becker, Tiverton, Belinda Blair
Omar Laguerre-Lewis, Rye, N.Y., Selsdon Mowbray/Burglar
Olivia Paluzzi, Braintree, Mass., Poppy
Owen Gilmartin, Wakefield, Tim Allgood
Melissa Hayes, Charlestown, Female Swing
Theo Maier, Providence, Male Swing