Noisy beginning for Foothill Theatre’s season |

Noisy beginning for Foothill Theatre’s season

Opening a new season can be tricky, but Foothill Theatre Company, being the pro that it is, knows to start with a bang. It is opening tonight with a play that sold out and in fact broke records the other two times it has been staged here.

It’s “Noises Off,” a comedy by Michael Frayn about a play about a play, one with lots of backstage chaos that proves more comical than the action on the stage.

There are two things about the play that require comment. One is that 27-year Foothill Theatre veteran Sharon Winegar is returning in the hilarious role of Dotty Otley (her fans are delighted). The other is the set – a stage and backstage built on a 26-foot revolving turntable (much like a large “lazy susan”) – which makes it possible to see the action on stage and then, as it revolves 180 degrees, to see what is happening backstage. The steel revolve took several weeks to construct and is made of steel beams, wheels and rollers, all of which will be unseen by the theater audience. It is a technological triumph and was designed by Trefoni Michael Rizzi, a Southern Californian who recently received the Ovation Award for Scenic Design. In New York City he made his Off-Broadway debut with his scenic design for “A Woman of Will” at the Daryl Roth Theatre and was a guest designer for the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. He has designed sets for three other Foothill Theatre plays: “Bad Axe,” “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and “You Can’t Take it With You.”

Artistic director Scott Gilbert directs the comedy. He says, “You are not expected to walk out of the theater pondering the deeper meaning of life or humanity’s burden. You are meant to walk out of the theater having laughed. A lot. And that is certainly our goal with this production.”

What: “Noises Off” by Foothill Theatre Company

When: Tonight through April 12. Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street in Nevada City.

Admission: Tonight (preview night) is $14, with open seating. Fridays and Saturdays are $26 adult, $24 seniors (62+), $21 student, $14 child (6-14); Thursdays and Sundays are $24 adult, $22 seniors (62+), $19 student, $11 child (6-14).

Information: For tickets or more information, call the box office at 265-8587 or visit the Web site at

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