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The Laughs Are Loud in Damascus's 'Noises Off'

Chris Dooly, a student at Northwest High School, reviews "Noises Off" by Damascus High School.

Where does high school theater end and professional theater begin?

Damascus High School has clearly bridged the gap with the drama department's production of "Noises Off." Michael Frayn's play within a play, in which the audience sees a cheesy sex farce and what is happening to the actors behind the scenes, is fast and witty.

A bold and daring effort for a high school theater, it proves highly successful.

Combining love triangles, sardines and lots of doors, "Noise's Off" displayed a phenomenal set, complete with windows, two levels and furnishings, all executed with a professional look.

The stunned expressions of audience members when the curtain opened and revealed the amazing set were a tribute to the crew that had created it.

Although the cast is small, the performances of the actors were not. Every character had a unique personality and structure that worked smoothly with all the others.

The comedy was sophisticated and required precise timing, but the cast had no problems pulling it off. Like a beautiful symphony, the actors displayed perfect timing with every witty remark and slam of a door.

The entire cast gave hysterical performances, but some people took their roles to another level. Daniel Osborne (playing Garry/Roger), who had to deal with his shoes being tied in the second act, personified his character with every little movement and delivered highly amusing slapstick comedy. Scott Bergstresser (Frederick/Philip) exceeded all expectations with his comedic reactions. Amani Pierce (Belinda/Flavia) also stood out.

Don't miss an outstanding high school show. With "Noises Off," the Damascus High Drama Department is right on target.

"Noises Off" continues today, tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Damascus High School, 25921 Ridge Rd. Tickets are available at the door. For information, call 301-253-7030.

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 20, 2008; 11:38 AM ET
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