Sometimes, it's difficult to decide where to begin.

Does he start out talking about the play? Or does the newly renovated Burke Hawthorne Hall Theatre take precedence?

Or should he say something about how his cast, their show, is officially reopening the theater?

That's it. The last option neatly wraps up everything for Nyalls Hartman.

He's an associate professor in and chairman of the University of Louisiana ... at Lafayette's Department of Performing Arts. He's also director of the play Noises Off, which opens Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Burke Hawthorne Hall Theatre.

But the play is more than just a fall production. It's the first official production to play in the theater since it closed three years ago for renovations.

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