Taut, Gritty Drama Cops at the Steve Allen Theatre
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Considered by many to be the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off reveals the hilarious backstage antics and drama of a group of small-town actors attempting to perform a dreadful flop called Nothing On. This play-within-a-play is a comedic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying fish. Written by award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn (Copenhagen, Democracy), this comedy of errors remains a crowd pleaser more than 30 years after its 1982 debut. It was also turned into a film in 1992 starring Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve and John Ritter. Learn More
In the 1980s, Cops ran in Los Angeles to great acclaim, starring two of the original cast members, Joe Mantegna and Dennis Franz.
As directed by Patrick Cannon, this production will have the audience close to the action by setting up an environment in which they will be part of the coffee shop set, making the experience even more intense.
Many of the actors are from Chicago. Patrick M. Walsh, who plays one of the detectives, (‘Barberson’) was the catalyst for this production. Everyone jumped at the chance to get involved. Patrick’s experience ranges from improv (with Jon Favreau, Horatio Sanz and Mike Myers) to features (the upcoming Upright Citizen’s Brigade movie, “Wild Girls Gone” with Amy Poehler).
The other actors are Adam Bitterman, Micheal Broughton, Paul A. Hicks, Laura Silverman (co-starring with Lisa Kudrow in HBO’s new series “Comeback Kid”), James Underdown, Mark Vallarta (‘Rolf’). Director Patrick Cannon is a Chicago native whose previous directing has received accolades from the LA Weekly and numerous film festivals. The playwright, Terry Curtis Fox is a TV/film veteran, a former journalist, and served for nine years on the Board of Directors of Writers Guild of America, west.
The role of ‘Omelette Eater’ will rotate, featuring actors from film, television and theater, including film and stage actor John C. Reilly and television’s Andy Richter.