TheatreSquared kicks off 2012 season with ‘Noises Off’

The cast of TheatreSquared’s Noises Off. Pictured: Justin Cunningham, Chris Crawford, Sarah Jane Robinson, Mark Landom Smith, Erika Wilhite, Jordan Haynes, Kathy Logelin, Arianne Ellison, Kristopher M. Stoker.

Photo: Bettencourt Chase Photography

Ah, fall in Fayetteville. The weather is cooler, the students are back, and our calendar is once again full of shows from the fine folks at TheatreSquared after a brief summer hiatus. Feels good, doesn’t it?

The theatre company is launching their seventh season with Michael Fayn’s comedy, Noises Off, set to open on Friday, Aug. 31 at Nadine Baum Studios.

The show, hailed by critics as a modern comic masterpiece, is a show-within-a-show concept offering a behind-the-scenes look a play while actors scramble to hold a show together amidst frayed nerves, romantic betrayals, and chaos on stage and off.

“We’ve wanted to do this one for years,” said TheatreSquared artistic director Robert Ford. “It’s smart, requires a virtuosic cast, and reaches a comedic high that you can only experience through live theatre.”

The cast for Noises Off includes: Chris Crawford (Boeing-Boeing), Justin Cunningham, Arianne Ellison, Kristopher M. Stoker (My Father’s War, The 39 Steps), Kathy Logelin (Mauritius, It’s A Wonderful Life), Sarah Jane Robinson, Mark Landon Smith (Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol), Jordan Haynes (The Complete Works, Every Christmas Story Ever Told), and Erika Wilhite (Boeing-Boeing). The show is directed by T2 veteran Morgan Hicks (The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Complete Works, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, The Poe Show, Boeing-Boeing).

A preview performance is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The production runs through Sept. 23, with performances scheduled on Thursday-Sunday each week. TheatreSquared will also offer a free audience forum with the director and cast of Noises Off after the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, September 2 at 4 p.m., moderated by Ozarks at Large host Kyle Kellams.

Noises Off is recommended for ages 13 and up due to brief adult language.

Tickets for the show are on sale now for $22-$34 at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, and can also be reserved by calling 479-443-5600 or by visiting Patrons under 30 may also take advantage of $10 tickets under T2’s “30 under 30” program, and subscriptions to T2’s entire four-play seventh season are also on sale now for $84.