CORVALLIS - A play many critics have hailed as one of the funniest of the last 15 years will be presented at Oregon State University Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23 by OSU's University Theatre.

"Noises Off," written by Michael Frayn, revolves around the shenanigans of a small theater company both on and off stage.

When the play debuted, theater critics were bowled over.

Wrote John Simon, "It is as sidesplitting a farce as I have seen. Ever."

Jack Kroll of Newsweek said the Michael Frayn play was "the most complicated farce ever devised by the mind of man - and one of the funniest."

The Washington Post also praised the play: "It is so hilarious that it must make critics wish they had never used the word hilarious before."

The OSU production of this critically acclaimed play will open Nov. 14 at the university's Withycombe Theater, at 30th and Campus Way. Curtain time for all performances is 8:15 p.m.

The cast includes Alice Bauer as Dotty, Angie Hughes as Belinda, Dan McLagan as Frederick, Matt Byrd as Garry, Sarah Ericksen as Brooke, Ober Tyus as Selsdon, Jason Cooper as Tim, Cyndi Weir as Poppy, and Ryan Manderfeld as Lloyd Dallas, the director of the troupe. Kristine Krieg and Jill Lombaer play the assistant directors.

The director of "Noises Off" is Charlotte Headrick. Richard George is the scene designer; William Earl, costume designer.

Ticket information is available by calling the theater box office at 541-737-2784.

The cast of "Noises Off" includes: CORVALLIS: Ober Tyus, development director for the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU, portrays Selsdon; Dan McLagan, a community member, portrays Frederick.

FLORENCE: Cyndi Weir, a senior in speech communication, portrays Poppy.

HILLSBORO: Matthew Byrd, a senior in speech communication, portrays Garry.

NEWBERG: Jason Cooper, a junior in speech communication, portrays Tim.

PORTLAND: Angie Hughes (97203), a senior in home economics and education, and in theater arts, portrays Belinda.

SHERWOOD: Ryan Manderfeld, a senior in pre-communication, portrays Lloyd Dallas.

THE DALLES: Sarah Ericksen, a junior in theater arts, portrays Brooke. ILLINOIS

FRANKFORT: Jill Lombaer, a junior in mathematics and a member of OSU's University Honors College, portrays an assistant director.


BIG TIMBER: Kristine Krieg, a freshman in liberal studies, portrays an assistant director.


BRIDGEWATER: Alice Bauer, a visiting educator from The Pingry School in Martinsville, portrays Dotty.

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Charlotte Headrick, 541-737-2853