Proving that theater can be as fun, light, and entertaining as any other medium, “The Guardsman” at A Noise Within (ANW) is now making audiences laugh out loud.
Who could resist the story of a Hungarian stage star, over the top and dramatic as stars are thought to be, who becomes horrified at the possibility of losing his wife’s love and therefore concocts a way to gain back her attention. He disguises as a guardsman, adopts an Austrian accent (quite hilarious) and a colorful uniform, and sets out to test his wife’s fidelity and to woo her at once.
His wife, however, is much too smart for him, and on top of that an actress as well, and between the two of them create such confusion that it ends being up to the audience to decide which one is really doing the cunning and which one is just being teased.
Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar first published “The Guardsman” in 1910. Fourteen years later it was translated into English, performed on Broadway, and later made into film. At ANW the story is delivered with delightful wit by sharp performers that make the two-hour play enjoyable from beginning to end.
The play is directed by Michael Michetti and the cast includes two familiar faces – resident actors Freddy Douglas and Robertson Dean, and five new artists to ANW (however not to acting) – Elyse Mirto, Wendy Worthington, Sasha Pasternak, Todd Andrew Ball, and Judy Durning.
Fascinating during this play are also the stage design and scene changes, which the audience gets to appreciate here much more than during other productions.
“The Guardsman” will perform in repertory with “Pericles, The Prince of Tyre” and “Endgame” until November 30. Check www.ANoiseWithin.org for specific dates. Tickets range $39 to $54.
A Noise Within is located at 3352 East Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena.
Elyse Mirto (The Actress) and Freddy Douglas (The Actor)
Credit: Craig Schwartz