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Noises Off by Michael Frayn

Noises Off (1982)

by Michael Frayn

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A first rate farce. The ending is different than that of the movie. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 14, 2013 |
Saw. ( )
  ErinHorakova | Apr 8, 2013 |
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  ErinHorakova | Apr 8, 2013 |
A comical and Brilliant play about a play. If you say the movie Inseption and didnt understand then Noises Off may not be the Book for you. I only wish I could see this show on broadway becuase it is a truely humorous and entertaining story. ( )
  Tyler_Russell | Mar 22, 2012 |
"Noises Off" is a brilliant farce written by the award-winning playwright Michael Frayn, who is perhaps best known for his drama "Copenhagen," which dramatizes the 1941 meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. First staged in the 1980s, "Noises Off" has appeared on Broadway twice and is frequently performed by local theaters.

A play in three acts, "Noises Off" is both a sendup of the classic English farce and a backstage comedy. The first act consists of a technical rehearsal for the play "Nothing On," which is preparing for a British tour. The second act takes place backstage during a performance of "Nothing On." The third act occurs during the disastrous final performance.

The "play within a play" is a mixture of mistaken identities, rapid entrances and exits of various characters through a variety of on stage doors, and ridiculous subplot involving the tray of sardines. In itself, it is occasionally funny, but mostly serves as the elaborate set up for Frayn's true farce involving the director, actors, and crew. These characters are a mix of traits: alcoholism, bruised egos, pseudo-psychology, and quirky artists. The multiple overlapping romances heighten the conflict and misunderstandings.

Although funniest when seen on stage, the zaniness and madcap quality comes through even reading the printed script. Too often, modern plays and movies are described as "classic," even when they are merely good. However, "Noises Off" fully deserves to be described as a classic farce. ( )
  ALincolnNut | Apr 8, 2011 |
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She puts the sardines down on the telephone table by the soda, and picks up the phone.

MRS CLACKETT: Hello...Yes, but there's no one here love.
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Farce / 5m, 4f / 2 Int. Called the funniest farce ever written, NOISES OFF returned to Broadway with Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher and a manic menagerie that sent reviewers searching for new accolades as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called NOTHING'S ON. "The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium." - The New York Times "Bumper car brilliance...If laughter is indeed the best medicine, NOISES OFF is worth its weight in Cipro." - New York Daily News "The funniest farce ever written! Never before has side-splitting taken on a meaning dangerously close to the non-metaphorically medical." - New York Post "As side-splitting a farce as I have seen. Ever? Ever." - New York Magazine

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Noises off, the classic farce by the Tony Award-winning author of Copenhagen, is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage "drama" that develops during Nothing On's final rehearsal and tour. The two begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage. In the end, at the disastrous final performance, the two plots can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into a single collective nervous breakdown.… (more)

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