Theatre MSU presents "Noises Off"

Staff Writer

Theatre MSU is ending its 2018 spring season on a high note by bringing "Noises Off" to Mississippi State University's McComas Hall Mainstage Theater.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly Thursday through Saturday. McComas Hall is located at 216 President's Circle on MSU's campus.

Theatre MSU’s performances of Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” take place April 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. “Noises Off” contains adult language and situations and is recommended for mature audiences.

Cody Stockstill, assistant professor in the MSU Department of Communication, is directing the production, which he describes as “a rip-roaring play within a play.”

“‘Noises Off’ is a complete mess of a show, and that’s where the comedy comes from,” said Stockstill, who also serves as the department’s theatre concentration coordinator. “The story takes us onstage and backstage of a comic farce, as the set rotates 180 degrees to show audiences the pandemonium going on backstage during Act Two of the play.”

Called "the funniest farce ever written," Michael Faryn's play-within-a-play follows the on- and off- stage antics of the actors and crew as they go from a bad dress rehearsal to a disastrous performance, Stockstill said.

Stockstill said the cast and crew of the production is made up of MSU students and faculty.

"From beginning to end, the wild antics never stop," Stockstill said. "One of the biggest challenges of this production was creating the two story set that rotates, as we take the audience behind the scenes to watch the chaos ensuing with this wild group of actors during a performance."

General admission tickets are $10 at the door or $13 online at

"Noises Off" contains some material that is not suitable for children and is recommended for mature audiences only.