I finally saw the Fine Arts Center's production of "Noises Off."
I'd heard rave reviews of the show, which was directed by award-winner and comic master Cory Moosman. There were terrific performances across the board, including by a svelte Sammie Joe Kinnett, Birgitta DePree, Scott Bellot and Shanna Brock. Also, Christopher L. Sheley turned out a genius set that aided the show without overshadowing the action.
All in all, I enjoyed the 150-minute, two-intermission matinee, especially as it moved past the sometimes draggy exposition of the first act.
The biggest problem in "Noises Off" was the lack of clarity of sound. That's not a surprise to anyone who's attended a play or musical at the FAC. And even though much of the play is delivered in high decibels, my companion and I lost big chunks of the clever dialogue. It's too bad for so much good work to crumble into a mumble by the time it gets to the audience.
Still, it was silly delicious and I give it an A-. Check it out before it closes on Oct. 20.
Who: Fine Arts Center's Theatre Company
Playwright: Michael Frayn
Cast: Birgitta DePree, Sammie Joe Kinnett, Scott Bellot, Shanna Brock, Joye Cook-Levy, Max Ferguson, Casiena Raether, Sammy Gleason, Michael Miller
Director: Cory Moosman
Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes with two 10-minute intermissions
When: Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and runs 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 20
Where: Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.
Tickets: $18-$42, $15 students; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org