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Gazette Premium Content Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center presents the farce 'Noises Off'

Staff reports Published: October 4, 2013

Runs 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 20, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $18-$42, $15 students; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

Slamming doors, plates of sardines and more entrances and exits than you can shake a stick at. For the first show of its new season, the Fine Arts Center presents the farce "Noises Off."

"It's one of the best modern farces ever written," says director Cory Moosman, who also directed the musical comedy "The Drowsy Chaperone" at the FAC earlier this year. "For me, being a comedy guy, it's a chance to have at it. It's also the most complex comedy you could ever stage. I don't think anything's up there as far as complexity. It's quite mad, actually."

The show runs through Oct. 20.

The Tony award-winning play by Michael Frayn opened on Broadway in 1983, and was made into a film starring Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and John Ritter in 1992. It tells the story of a second-rate theater company that's touring a production called "Nothing On" through regional theaters. As the show moves through three acts, the entire set revolves so the audience can watch not only the on-stage performances, but the screwball backstage antics, too.

"It's realistic to a degree," Moosman says. "What happens to these people and their show, there are so many chain reactions, it just gets crazy. I've been on shows where all these things in some variation have happened."

Jennifer Mulson at 636-0270, Jen.mulson@gazette.com

OTHER EVENTS

"Luminaris" and "Road to the Open" - Indie Spirit Film Festival, family-friendly movies, music by Less Than Zero, 6 p.m. Saturday, Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., free; indiespiritfilmfestival.org. "Russian Folk Music" - By CityStrings, featuring work by Shostakovitch and Tchaikovsky, 6:30 p.m. reception Monday, 7 p.m. concert, St. George's

Anglican Church, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $10-$20;

coloradohausmusik.com/city-strings.html.

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