Noises Off

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In Noises Off Michael Frayn creates an ingenious play-within-a-play farce. The on-stage play is a dreadful bedroom farce called Noises On in which scantily clad young ladies are being chased in and out of continually opening and slamming doors by old men. The backstage farce develops during the play’s final rehearsal and tour as the characters make their exits from Noises On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage and then have to go back again on stage to Noises ...
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Overview

In Noises Off Michael Frayn creates an ingenious play-within-a-play farce. The on-stage play is a dreadful bedroom farce called Noises On in which scantily clad young ladies are being chased in and out of continually opening and slamming doors by old men. The backstage farce develops during the play’s final rehearsal and tour as the characters make their exits from Noises On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage and then have to go back again on stage to Noises On. In the end the two farces can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into one single collective nervous breakdown.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Written by a man with a vision... Recommended.”—Library Journal

“The funniest play written in my lifetime”—Frank Rich, The New York Times

“Frayn’s construct is based on the principle that if farce involves watching the wheels come off a well-oiled machine, then nothing could be funnier than seeing the wheels fall off a farce itself. Pure comedy gold.”—The Guardian
 

Noises Off
Winner of the Evening Standard, the Olivier Award for Best Comedy and the New York Drama Desk Award.

Library Journal
This extremely popular play-within-a-play by Tony Award winner Frayn has been newly revised for its Broadway revival. Because of its complexity, it is a demanding read. Acts 1 and 2 are actually the same act performed at different times in different theaters: the first presents the final night of rehearsals for Nothing's On, a sex farce, in which the director, seated in the audience, shouts direction to the actor on stage; the second is the same act but seen from backstage during a touring performance less than a month later. Act 2 is formatted in double columns, allowing the reader to follow the actor in character on stage and the same actor out of character off stage and the folly that he or she is involved with behind the scenes. Act 3 comprises the same cast performing another play, Noises On. Complex it is, and as clever and as concise as something this multileveled can be. Written by a man with a vision, this is recommended for academic and large public libraries. Elizabeth Stifter, Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413758507
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Modern Plays Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 499,429
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Frayn (b. 1933) is an English playwright.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Hilarious comedy

    This play is definitely the most hilarious comedy I have ever seen performed. There were so many intricate details that made the show come alive. I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a laugh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    The Funniest Play Ever Written

    Noises Off By Michael Fryan is a three act comedy about a group of actors and crew members rehearsing and touring a sex farce. ask anyone who knows and they will tell you it is one of the funniest plays ever written. If you have ever been in a play you will find the backstage happenings familiar and hilarious, and if you never have set a foot on-stage you'll love this sneak peek into the world of live theatre.

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