City Circle announces auditions for “Noises Off”

City Circle is thrilled to be kicking off our 2012-13 main season with Michael Frayn’s madcap farce “Noises Off!” The play takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.

This play-within-a-play, or “frisky freewheeling sex comedy about a frisky freewheeling sex comedy.” (USA Today) captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, opening performance, and a performance toward the end of the run. Each is portrayed from behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance.

“The challenge for actors — and the director,” says director Wally Chappell, ”is to create a tightly bonded ensemble and strong character exploration, always the basis of flat-out farce. It will be great fun to rehearse, as well as perform.”

Auditions are scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, June 18 at the Iowa City Public Library (Meeting Room B) and 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at the Coralville Public Library (E. Jean Schwab Auditorium). There will be sides from the show available at the audition, but actors are also welcome to bring a brief comic monologue or even tell some of their favorite jokes!

Rehearsals will begin in mid-July and performances will be September 7-16. Please contact the director at with any questions.

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