The Playhouse Continues 35th Season with Hilarious Comedy “Noises Off”


You don’t have to like sardines to enjoy the side-splitting comedy “Noises Off,” opening at The Playhouse at McConnellstown on July 28th.

Arguably the funniest play of the twentieth century, Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of “Nothing On” in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run.

Frayn gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance.

Brimming with slapstick comedy, “Noises Off” is a delightful backstage farce complete with door slamming, missed cues, and romantic intrigue that will have you roaring with laughter as the casts’ collective sanity slowly unravels. All-the-while, an ill-fated tray of sardines mysteriously appears, disappears, and flies valiantly through the air.

The opening night performance of the farce “Nothing On” is just hours away, and as the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn’t be going any worse. With lines being forgotten and love triangles unraveling, it’s complete pandemonium…and we haven’t even reached intermission! Can the cast pull their act together on the stage even if they can’t behind the scenes?

Keith Sutton plays Lloyd Dallas, director of the production “Nothing On.” His stage managers are Poppy Norton-Taylor and Tim Allgood, played by Jennifer Catanese and Kyle Yoder. Jeanne Nagurny plays Dotty Otley (Mrs. Clackett in “Nothing On”), and Will Renninger is Garry Lejeune (Roger in “Nothing On”). Alexis Clifford is Brooke Ashton (Vicki in “Nothing On”), and Clay Glenny portrays Frederick Fellows (Phillip in “Nothing On”). Molly Weaverling is Belinda Blair (Flavia in “Nothing On”), and Bradley Renninger is Selsdon Mowbray (the burglar in “Nothing On”).

Directing this comedic gem is Dan Weston. Barb Hughes is the stage manager. Jeanne Nagurny costumes this production with set design and sound design by Rick Brown. Lighting is designed by Keith Sutton with technical production by John Catanese.

“This is my third time being involved with a production of “Noises Off,” and it is, indeed, comedy perfection,” commented Weston. “If you have ever been involved with theatre—onstage or in the audience—you will laugh and laugh hard. We at The Playhouse are happy to provide our younger actors with the opportunity to be involved in this technically difficult but highly rewarding farce.”

“Noises Off” will continue on July 28th, 29th, and August 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee showings are July 30th and August 6th at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for regular admission and $13 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). For reservations call 814-627.0311. The Playhouse is located at 11680 Raystown Rd, Huntingdon, PA, five miles South of Huntingdon Borough on Rt. 26 in the Village of McConnellstown. For more information, please check the website at, like us on Facebook (The Playhouse at McConnellstown), or follow us on Twitter @LittleTheater.