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Slapstick farce ‘Noises Off’ presented Oct. 3-7

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Article Published: Sep. 27, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 7, 2012
Slapstick farce ‘Noises Off’ presented Oct. 3-7

Hijinks backstage are par for the course in the award-winning comedy, ‘Noises Off,’ presented Oct. 3 to 7 in Valborg Theatre at Appalachian State University. Performing in the show are, from left, theater students Jack Lafferty, Will Allen and Madeline Hintz.

Photo by Greg Williams

The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents a farce to be reckoned with – “Noises Off.”

The slapstick farce, written by Tony Award-winning playwright Michael Frayn, runs Oct. 3 to 7 at Valborg Theatre on campus.

This farcical plot follows a theater company and its struggles in producing an upcoming performance of “Nothing On.” Pandemonium ensues, and challenges arise, as lust, alcohol, egos and tension combine to create a recipe for hilarity in the final hours leading up to opening night.

“Most of the actors have two accents to differentiate between the different characters they play,” said senior Madeline Hintz, a theater arts education major who plays the dual roles of Dotty and Mrs. Clackett.

Veteran theater faculty member Joel Williams directs the show. “Noises Off” is produced in collaboration with Appalachian’s acclaimed Performing Arts Series. Denise Ringer, director of the Office of Cultural Programs, said she is “thrilled to be partnering with the Department of Theatre and Dance” to include this production in the series’ current season.

Recipient of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play, “Noises Off” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct 3 to 6, with a 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 7. Tickets start at $8.

For more information, visit or call the box office at (828) 262-3063.
Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by phone at (828) 262-3063. Ticket prices are $8 for students, $13 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $15 for general admission. For more information, visit

Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The door faces the back of the Turchin Arts Center on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots and the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons.

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