Enjoy a good laugh with 'Noises Off'

Special to The Log

Do you enjoy a good farce? Stage Crafters is beyond excited to invite you to the first production of the 46th season, "Noises Off."

This comedy is a “play within a play.” The show follows a group of bumbling actors beginning with their dress rehearsal of "Nothing On." It is midnight and the cast is hopelessly unready. Baffled by entrances and exits, missed cues, and bothersome props, they drive their director to near hysteria. Then we see a matinee performance a month later from backstage with romantic rivalries, lovers' tiffs, and personal quarrels leading to offstage shenanigans, onstage bedlam, and the occasional attack with a fire axe.

Finally, we see a performance near the end of the 10-week run. Relationships between the cast have soured, the set is breaking down, and props are winding up on the floor and in the way. The actors remain determined to cover up the mounting chaos, but it is not long before the plot has to be abandoned entirely.

"Noises Off" pokes fun at theatre and takes the audience on a ride giving new meaning to the anthem “the show must go on.” Though it has been dubbed the “funniest farce ever written,” be aware that "Noises Off" contains adult language and themes, and is not suitable for children.

The play is directed by Melissa Wolf-Bates and Douglas Henderson.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays March 16-25 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 109 Miracle Strip Parkway SW. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.StageCraftersFWB.com, P.S. Gifts, 29 NE Walter Martin Road in Fort Walton Beach, or Bayou Books, 1118 E John Sims Parkway in Niceville.