Playhouse Replaces ‘Shakespeare’ with ‘Noises Off’

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Playhouse has made a change in its 2019-20 season, swapping in the farce “Noises Off” in place of “Shakespeare in Love” in February.  

Budgetary restrictions compelled the Playhouse board of directors to make the change, according to James McClellan, operations manager of the theater. “Noises Off” was chosen for its continued popularity – the Playhouse has presented the comedy twice, in 1988 and 2008 – and for its less costly production costs.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22; and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23.

The director will be Matthew Mazuroski, a theater professor at Youngstown State University and a Playhouse board member. 

Auditions will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 at The Youngstown Playhouse, off Glenwood Avenue. Roles are available for three women (ages 20 to 45) and five men (ages 18 to 65 and up). 

The role of “Dotty Otley” has been cast. Auditionees are encouraged to prepare a comedic monologue and should be ready for a physically challenging audition, as the show relies on slapstick comedy. 

Information on auditions and character descriptions are available at TheYoungstownPlayhouse.com, or by calling the Playhouse at 330 788 8739.

“Noises Off” debuted in London in 1982 and opened on Broadway the following year. It immediately become popular with regional and community theaters, and was made into a film in 1992 strarring Carol Burnett and Michael Caine.

It has also been revived both in London and on Broadway several times, most recently in 2015.

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