NOISES OFF Opens Tonight at Rubicon Theatre
Rubicon Theatre continues the company's 16th Not Your Typical Season with sardines and lingerie in NOISES OFF, a comic romp by Michael Frayn about the outrageous exploits of a company of actors which opens tonight, February 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District. The production continues Wednesdays through Sundays through February 23, with low-priced previews on Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 30 at 8 p.m. and Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m.
NOISES OFF features a cast of nine talented professionals under the direction of theatre veteran KENNETH ALBERS, who makes his Rubicon debut with this production. Albers' extensive credits include The Abbey Theatre in Ireland, eight seasons as a resident director and actor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, and numerous others.
NOISES OFF is an ingenious play-within-a-play which follows a touring company as they rehearse and present a bedroom farce called Nothing On, filled with slamming doors, mistaken identities, infidelities and scantily clad women. As the characters make their exits from Nothing On, they find themselves in hilarious situations where anything that can go awry, does. In the end, the onstage and offstage worlds collide, creating a scandalously silly and fabulously funny nervous breakdown.
"Winner of both the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, NOISES OFF is side-splittingly funny," says Rubicon Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns. "It is the kind of show that has audiences roaring with laughter," she continues. "However, it requires extraordinary comic timing and incredible precision. Having long admired the work of Ken Albers, we knew he was the perfect person for the job and we're thrilled when he said 'yes'. We look forward to sharing Ken's artistry and this production with Rubicon audiences."
The cast of NOISES OFF includes four artists from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) who have previously worked with Albers. Andrew Borba, who assays the role of over-sensitive Freddie who gets nosebleeds when stressed, appeared in Albers' first production at OSF - Two Gentlemen of Verona. Borba's other credits include South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, The Globe, Laguna Playhouse and Berkeley Rep. Television and film credits include recurring roles on "Modern Family," "The Shield," "Jericho," and "Charlie Wilson's War." CATHERINE LYNN DAVIS, who plays the role of leading lady BeLinda Blair in NOISES OFF, has been a leading lady on the stages of OSF, Milwaukee Rep, Yale Rep, Cleveland Play House and American Players Theatre. William Langan, another OSF veteran, worked with Albers on A Midsummer Night's Dream and Troilus and Cressida during his six years with the company. He appeared in Rubicon's production of The Tempest, and has worked on the stages of Studio Arena, The Guthrie Theatre and the McCarter Theatre. A recent transplant to Los Angeles, Langan's TV credits include "NCIS, "NUMB3rs," and "Law and Order." LANGAN plays the character of Lloyd Dallas, the director who tries in vain to keep his crazy cast under control. Actress ROBYNN RODRIGUEZ, a member of the OSF company for over 20 years, plays the role of ditzy Dotty Otley in NOISES OFF, an actress who merrily muddles her lines and finds dealing with props a great mystery (especially plates of sardines). RODRIGUEZ has appeared on the stages of the Barbican in London, Birmingham Rep (also in the UK), the Kennedy Center, Intiman Theatre, La Jolla and PCPA Theaterfest.
ERIC CURTIS JOHNSON and Joanna Strapp make their Rubicon debuts as gaffer Gary, who tries to express himself well but can't quite finish a sentence; and the put-upon assistant stage manager Poppy. JOHNSON's credits include work at Steppenwolf and other Chicago theatres (Joseph Jefferson Award), Williamstown Theatre Festival; and numerous shows at L.A. area theatres including Open Fist and SacRed Fools. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, STRAPP has appeared with Antaeus, The Colony Theatre and Williamstown Theatre Festival.