Upcoming production of Noises Off opens April 28 at the Haskell

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DERBY LINE — The Borderline Players will present the beloved farce Noises Off by Michael Frayn at the Haskell Opera House for two weekends in April and May of 2023.

The 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.

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Frayn’s behind-the-scenes look progresses from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance.

Complete with falling trousers, slamming doors, and flying sardines, Noises Off is a hilarious backstage farce.

The Borderline Players, a mix of veteran local actors along with some new additions, will be directed by Leesa Guay-Timpson, who has returned to her Northeast Kingdom roots after years of teaching and directing young people.

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Performances will be held April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2023 at the Haskell Opera House. Showtimes Fridays and Saturdays will be at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and are available at the MAC Center for the Arts in Newport, the Haskell Free Library and the Colby-Curtis Museum in Stanstead.

Tickets can also be purchased online (U.S. funds only) at: https://borderlineplayers.org.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of performance.

Canadian audience members are reminded to park in Canada and walk along the sidewalk into the United States to the main entrance.

After the performance, they must return to Canada the same way.

Passports are not required but patrons should have identification on hand should they be asked to identify themselves to border authorities.

This performance is recommended for audiences aged 13-plus.

Noises Off premiered in London in 1982, where it won the Olivier Award for Best Play and the London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy. When it opened on Broadway in 1984, it earned a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Play.

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