“Noises Off”

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In a Nutshell

The complicated and comedic romantic relationships between actors spill onto the stage in Michael Frayn’s farce-within-a-farce

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The Deal

  • $15 for one general admission ticket (up to $26 value)

Dates and Times

  • Thursday, October 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Noises Off

The play, it must be said, is not very good. Not Noises Off—but rather, Nothing’s On, a fictional British sex farce invented by playwright Michael Frayn for the hapless theatrical types of Noises Off to perform. It has constantly slamming doors. It has a subplot about tax evasion. Its staging requires quantities of sardines.

Its questionable quality doesn’t keep the farce from influencing its actors’ lives, however. As we watch a cast of dimwits, stutterers, and capital-A actors rehearse and then perform, their personal relationships become more and more absurdly intertwined until it’s hard to tell who’s in character and who’s not.

The play instantly joined the ranks of classic comedies upon its 1982 debut. The New York Times’ Frank Rich, among others, appreciated the way it took a “basic premise . . . just possibly to its most dizzying comic heights yet,” demonstrating “the kind of bravura skill one associates with such other British playwrights as Tom Stoppard and Alan Ayckbourn at peak form.”

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