Noises Off

Dates: August 7 – August 17
Comedy | Slapstick
Run Time: 2 Hours with one intermission
Ages: 13 and up

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Show Summary

by Michael Frayn

In this rip-roaring classic, the audience is treated to a hilarious behind-the-scenes peek at an acting troupe rehearsing and performing the farce Nothing On. Despite nerves, dropped lines and technical difficulties they make it through rehearsal and open the show.

Time goes by and things deteriorate until pandemonium ensues and axe-wielding co-stars, drunken cast members and misplaced sardines take center stage during a disaster of a performance, threatening to jinx the old saying: “The show must go on.”

Meet the Actors & Crew

Heidi Gardner

Heidi just wrapped her second season on “Saturday Night Live." Gardner comes from the Groundlings main company in Los Angeles. She voices Tuva Von Void in SYFY’s animated series “Alien News Desk,” co-starring with Will Forte, and Cooch in the Crackle series “SuperMansion” with Bryan Cranston.  She appeared opposite Melissa McCarthy in the comedy feature Life of the Party and is in the upcoming Netflix feature Otherhood with Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Huffman. She also guest stars on the final season of HBO’s “Veep” and makes an appearance on the Comedy Central series "The Other Two,” from “SNL's” Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider.  She is part of the voice-cast in the upcoming SONY animated feature The Mitchells vs.The Machines.


Philip Goodwin

Philip has been seen on Broadway in Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, and The Diary of Anne Frank. He is an Artistic Associate of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, nominated for Helen Hayes Awards in Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night, and An Enemy of the People. He has made many Off-Broadway appearances, notably as Fool in King Lear, with Kevin Kline. On TV, he is seen on “Gotham” and “Law and Order”, and on Film as Inspector Renard in two Pink Panther movies, with Steve Martin.

Jeremy Webb

Jeremy is thrilled to be making his 6th appearance at the Cape Playhouse! Previous Cape Playhouse credits include: Dracula, The Dining Room, Beard of Avon, Unnecessary Farce, and Murder By Misadventure. Broadway: Burn This (2019 Tony Award Nomination, Best Revival of a Play). Additional Theatre credits include: Private Lives (White Heron on Nantucket), A Doll’s House, Private Lives (Huntington Theatre Company), The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theatre, original cast recording), Tabletop (Drama Desk, Best Ensemble), Baltimore Waltz, Photograph 51, BFF. Williamstown, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, McCarter, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, The Alley Theatre Company, and The Visit for The Actor’s Fund. TV: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Law & Order: SVU", "Guiding Light". Training: UNCSA.

Jen Cody

Jen, is so excited to return “home”. Last year, she was Sylvia, the misunderstood Labradoodle and choreographed Clue the Musical. Her other shows here include: Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Elaine, Bobbi and Jeannette), Gypsy, Cabaret, Hello Dolly, Woman In Jeopardy, Boeing,Boeing, Odd Couple, Moon Over Buffalo, Lend Me a Tenor, and of course, Unnecessary Farce. She has been on Broadway in Pajama Game, Shrek, Urinetown, Seussical the Musical, Beauty and The Beast, Taboo, Grease, A Christmas Story and Cats. Her voice can be heard on cartoons, commercials and movies: most notably winning the Annie Award for her work as Charlotte in Disney’s Princess and The Frog. TV:” Instinct”, “Blue Bloods”, “Bull”, “Unforgettable”, “American Dad”, “Phineas and Ferb”, “Mickey and the Roadster Racers”, “Law and Order”, “Khumba”, “Lucky Stiff”, “Winx Club” and “Shrek Live”. She returns to the Cape with hopes that the Scargo “Cakes and Ramps salad” is back this year.

Craig Wesley Divino

Cape Playhouse Debut! Selected Theatre: NYC: Happy Birthday, Wanda June (Wheelhouse Theater-Lucille Lortel Nomination, Best Revival); The Oregon Trail, Doctor Faustus, Frogs, From White Plains, Breathing Time, At the Table (Fault Line Theatre), Tempest, AYLI, LLL, Midsummer, Much Ado (Shakespeare at the Manor); Two Noble Kinsmen (Guerrilla Shakespeare Project). Regional: Colorado New Play Festival, Hangar Theatre, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Tennessee Shakespeare Co, Kitchen Theater, Virginia Arts, SpeakEasy Stage Co, Chautauqua Theatre Co, Trinity Rep. Film: Automatic Hate, Girlfriend and “American Genius”. Upcoming: Round Table at 59E59.

Taylor Galvin

Taylor is thrilled to be on the Cape for the first time to work on this hysterical show! She most recently appeared in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at The John W. Engeman Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre. Other recent credits include Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act, Vera in And Then There Were None and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. National tour: The Marvelous Wonderettes. Special thanks to Jeffry Denman, Michael Rader, and the whole Cape Playhouse team. @tngalvin

Janine Lamanna

Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graff), Sweet Charity (Nickie), The Look of Love-Music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Kiss Me Kate (Lois Lane), Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz-Drama Desk nomination), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), and Swing!. First National Tours: Chicago (Velma Kelly), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Stand-by for Chita Rivera). Off-Broadway: Enter Laughing, High Spirits, Chef’s Theatre, Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi, and What’s a Nice Country….Regional: New Stage Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Alley Theater, Goodspeed Opera, North Shore Music Theatre, Pioneer Memorial Theater. Film and Television: “Devious Maid,” Two Weeks Notice, “Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?” PBS series. Concerts and recordings: Candide with the New York Philharmonic, Carolina Philharmonic, Army Ground Forces Band, Sweet Charity, Seussical, Enter Laughing and Kris Kringle The Musical.

David Patterson

David is thrilled to be a part of the 2019 Cape Playhouse season! Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Off-Broadway: Picnic; Come Back, Little Sheba (Transport Group). Regional credits: Sacred Valley (NYS&F Powerhouse Theater), Third (Hangar Theater), Spamalot; Guys and Dolls; Moon Over Buffalo (Weathervane Playhouse), Macbeth; Cymbeline (Texas Shakespeare Festival). TV/Film: “Instinct,” “The Deuce,” “The Path,” The Social Ones. David is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

John Scherer

John returns to the Cape Playhouse for his thirteenth production. He has appeared here in The Foreigner, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Sweet Charity, Legally Blonde, Unnecessary Farce, Boeing Boeing, Moon Over Buffalo, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The World Goes Round, My One and Only, 42nd Street, and Dames at Sea. Broadway: Lovemusik, By Jeeves and Sunset Boulevard. Off Broadway: Dames at Sea, Olympus on My Mind and Preppies. Other NY credits: The Most Happy Fella and Cinderella (NYC Opera) and Out of This World (City Center). He has toured in 42nd Street, Cats, White Christmas, Mame and Hello Dolly. He recently appeared in the critically acclaimed production of The Drowsy Chaperone at the Goodspeed Opera House. Other regional credits: Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and many others. Film and television: Spinning Into Butter, “The Shield,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Law and Order (SVU and CI),” “Titus” and “Guiding Light.” He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.


MICHAEL FRAYN (Playwright) was born in London in 1933. He began his career as a reporter for the Guardian and later the Observer. After leaving the Observer he continued to write as a columnist as well as publishing novels and plays for television and stage. His plays for stage include: Copenhagen, After Life, The Two of Us, Alphabetical Order, Donkeys’ Years, Clouds, Balmoral (Liberty Hall), Make and Break, Noises Off, Benefactors, Alarms and Excursions, Look Look, Here and Make and Break. Other translations include: four full-length Chekhov plays – The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya and four one-act plays – The Evils of Tobacco, Swan Song, The Bear and The Proposal. Mr. Frayn is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin.

JEFFRY DENMAN (Director) is happy to return to the Cape after directing Spelling Bee in 2017.  He was most recently awarded Best Direction and Best Choreography IRNE Awards for his revised production of An American in Paris at Ogunquit Playhouse. Off Broadway: YANK! (Lortel nomination, SDC Callaway Finalist), Naked Boys Singing!, Assistance (Playwright's Horizons), Bullet for Adolf. NY Workshops/Labs: The SpongeBob Squarepants Musical, YANK! (Roundabout Theatre), Diane and the One Hit Wonder (Second Stage), The Searchers (Atlantic Theatre), The Donner Party Project (Denman Theatre & Dance Co). NYMF: Pride & Prejudice, ValueVille. Regional: Ogunquit Playhouse-Damn Yankees, West Side Story, The Music Man; Tuacahn Center for the Arts-Disney’s Newsies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Disney’s When You Wish, and Fairy Tale Christmas; Music Theatre Wichita-An American in Paris; Engeman Theatre-West Side Story; La Mirada-Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice; Founding Artistic Director of Denman Theatre & Dance Company, Director of New Works at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, co-creator of the iPad casting app, CastPRO and author of the book, “A Year with The Producers.” Instagram: @jeffrydenman and @denmantdc

DAVID L. ARSENAULT (Scenic Designer) The Cape Playhouse: Some Enchanted Evening, Cabaret, The Foreigner, Gypsy, South Pacific, Once. Recent NYC designs: Mies Julie and The Dance of Death (CSC), A Letter to Harvey Milk (Theatre Row), Education (59E59), Julius Caesar (CSC), Peer Gynt (CSC, directed by John Doyle), and A Better Place (The Duke) International: English Theatre Berlin. Regional: Bay Street Theatre, Geva Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, Hudson Stage, Gulfshore Playhouse, Northern Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Weston Playhouse among others. Broadway Associate Design: Hillary and Clinton, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Color Purple, King Charles III, Constellations, and Disaster!. Member: USA 829. Education: Ithaca College.

DUSTIN CROSS (Costume Design) is pleased to be designing for The Cape Playhouse. Broadway: The 24 Hour Plays; Off Broadway (Select): Spamilton (New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, LA, London, National Tour/Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Outer Critics Circle nom, Theater fans Choice nom), The Office (NY, National Tour), The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cougar The Musical, The Other Josh Cohen, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking. Regional (Select): Kinky Boots, The Witches of Eastwick (BWW Award), Billy Elliot (BWW Award), Cinderella, Sister Act (BWW Award), From Here to Eternity, Heartbreak Hotel (Regional Premieres), West Side Story, Hello Dolly, The Christmas Rose  (Carnegie Hall), Prince of Egypt, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (BWW Award). The NY Knicks Dancers and The NY JETS Drumline. Film: Celtic Heart (premiering in June 2019/PBS, National Tour), Buttons (starring Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury) Enjoy! @dustincrossdesigns

ISABELLA BYRD (Lighting Design) is a Brooklyn based designer. She received an Obie Award for her design of Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, directed by Rachel Chavkin at New York Theatre Workshop. Recent New York credits include The Tale of Despereaux by PigPen Theater Co. at the Old Globe, "Daddy” A Melodrama by Jeremy O.Harris for The New Group and Vineyard Theatre, PLANO for Clubbed Thumb, and Continuity at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Thanksgiving Play at Playwrights Horizons. Regional work includes Seascape at ACT in San Francisco, Member of the Wedding & Artney Jackson (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Angels in America (co-design), the 2018 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, designs at Portland Center Stage, and City Theatre Pittsburgh. Upcoming work at Williamstown, Playwrights Horizons, Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Hartford Stage, and the Alley Theatre.

JOSEPH PALERMO (Sound Design) is a Chicago based Sound Designer and Digital Technologist who is quite pleased to be here for your listening pleasure. He’s been recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, the Chicago Merit Awards, and University of Glasgow for excellence in Design and Design Concepts. His next projects include the rest of The Cape Playhouses’ season, Cambodian Rock Band at The City Theatre and The Merrimack Theatre, and The Polar Express with Warner Brothers and Amtrak. His most recent creative obsessions include recording things in an underwater environment,  and applying the concepts of Quantum Physics to composition.  Joseph is a proud member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.

JAMES O. HANSEN (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to The Cape Playhouse after Importance of Being Earnest and Once earlier this season! Recent credits include: On Your Feet! (Gateway Playhouse), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Resident Theatre Company), Beauty and the Beast (Gateway); Flashdance: The Musical (Gateway). Other credits include: Joseph...Dreamcoat, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Beauty and the Beast and Beehive all at Theatre by the Sea. James earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Management from Dean College in Franklin, MA. Many thanks to the Creative Team, Cast and Crew! Special thanks to his family and Gabby for their love and support!

CASSIE MCKAY (Assistant Stage Manager)  grew up on the Cape, and is a current sophomore pursuing a BFA in Stage Management from Point Park University. Past credits include: Student Choreography Project, Raymond Laine Memorial One Acts (Pittsburgh Playhouse); Evita, Showboat, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies (Interlakes Summer Theatre); Oklahoma (Cotuit Center for the Arts); and Detective Sketches, Big Fish, Once on This Island, A Wrinkle in Time, The Love of Three Oranges (Sturgis Charter Public School). Thank you to her friends and family for their support, and to the Cape Playhouse for the opportunity to work on incredible theatre. Enjoy the show! 

CAROLINE PASTORE (Assistant Stage Manager) is incredibly excited to be joining The Cape Playhouse team this summer! Caroline lives in Shelburne, VT and was a Stage Manager for FlynnArts for five years. Some of the productions she worked on there include: Cry-Baby, Cabaret and Once on This Island. She currently attends SUNY Purchase as a Theatre Design/Technology student and worked on We’re Gonna Be Okay this year as the Assistant Stage Manager. Caroline would like to thank the Cape Playhouse team for being so welcoming and her family and teachers for all their support.

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