NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — The theatre program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) Department will open in March with a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, “A Doll’s House,” to be followed in April by Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off.”

According to Laura Standley, assistant professor of theatre at MCLA, “This spring season’s productions feature an unlikely feminist and an outrageously rotten theatre company, which serve as examples of characters from both classic and contemporary works.”

March 2-5, Standley directs MCLA’s production of “A Doll’s House,” which was adapted by Simon Stephens. In this play, Nora Helmer has secretly borrowed a large amount of money to pay for her husband, Torvald, to recover from illness on sabbatical in Italy. Torvald’s perception of Nora is of a silly, naive spendthrift, so it is only when the truth begins to emerge and Torvald realizes who Nora really is, that cracks which cannot be mended appear in their marriage.

April 20-24, MCLA’s season closes with the popular comedy, “Noises Off,” directed by Sara Katzoff, FPA instructor. Often referred to as “the funniest play of all time,” this uproarious play-within-a-play, follows the on- and off-stage antics of members of a mediocre theatre company as they blunder from an ominously bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance, Standley explained.

The side-splitting farce promises a night filled with missed cues and backstage hilarity, Standley added, as audience members are impressed by the extraordinary talents of MCLA Theatre students in these must-see events.

All FPA theatre program productions are open to the public and performed at the Venable Hall Theater on the MCLA campus. Tickets range from $2 to $12, and are available online or at the door. For more information, go to

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