"Now You See It," Now You Don’t!

Let the works of Feydeau hypnotize you at North Coast Rep.

North Coast Rep

For the first time ever, Now You See It is making its magical appearance in the United States right on the North Coast Repertory stage, under the direction of Bruce Turk. The show begins February 24th and will disappear from North Coast Rep after its last show on March 20th.

What you think of as a typical story of love, jealousy, and infidelity soon takes a turn with hypnotism, a philandering husband and a spurned lover. In this incredibly fast and clever comedy, a scandalous discovery is made all while the audience roars with laughter! It is not a premiere to miss.

This play was originally a classic French farce written by Georges Feydeau, under the name Le Système Ribadie. This version of the text was translated by British playwright Kenneth McLeish, who translated most of Feydeau’s works. The original version of Now You See It first debuted at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in 1892. The show has one of the smallest casts in a Feydeau farce. Feydeau enjoyed this play so much that he revived it in 1909, under a new title, Nothing Known. Ironically, he was widely known and respected for his farces. His more famous works include A Flea in Her Ear, The Lady from Maxim's, and Hotel Paradise. He died in 1921.

The show requires a small cast; the actors include John Greenleaf* as Oriole, David McBean* as Shaftesbury-Phipps, Kern McFadden* as Summersby, Allison Minnick* as Marie-Louise, and Ruff Yeager as Vole. McBean is a veteran of North Coast Rep with his performances in Unnecessary Farce (Craig Noel Critic’s Circle Award nomination), School For Lies, Pageant (KPBS Patte Award), and Holiday Memories. Yeager has also previously performed at North Coast Rep in What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Staff includes Marty Burnett (scenic design), Matt Novotny (lighting design), Anastasia Pautova (costume design), Melanie Chan (sound design), Peter Herman (hair & wig design), Andrea Gutierrez (prop design), and Jessica Amador (scenic artisan). Managing the stage is Kelly Hardy*, who has worked on Broadway, Lincoln Center in New York, Hartford Stage in Connecticut, and Royal College of Music and Shakespeare's Globe in London.

Director Bruce Turk is very familiar with the stage, being a performer himself. He has starred in many leading roles on and off Broadway and at major regional theatres across the country. He appeared at North Coast Rep in Faded Glory and Freud’s Last Session. He was also the co-adapter and director of One Perfect Rose: Poems and Stories by Dorothy Parker. He directed Women of Troy (a show also translated by Kenneth McLeish) at CSULB, a tour for Twelfth Night for Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and staged readings at the Old Globe Theatre and Hartford Stage. 

The premiere of Now You See It follows the popular world premiere of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush in North Coast Rep’s 34th season. The remaining shows in the season after Now You See It include Way Downriver (from William Faulkner’s “Old Man”, adapted by Edward Morgan), Hedda Gabler (directed by David Ellenstein), and Ain't Misbehavin' (directed by Yvette Freeman). 

Previews begin Wednesday February 24th, with opening night on Saturday February 27th, at 8 pm, which includes a post-show reception. On March 4th, there will be a special talkback with the cast and director. 

Ticket prices for this hypnotizing show vary. Previews are $39; weeknights are $46. Saturday evening and Sunday matinees are $50. Discounts for $3 off admission are available for seniors, students, and members of the military. To purchase tickets, please call (858) 481-1055 or visit North Coast Rep's website. 

North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Sante Fe Drive - Suite D, Solana Beach, CA 92075. 

*The actor or stage manager appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, a union of professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.