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Noises Off
     

Noises Off

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by Michael Frayn
 

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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,

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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

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Frank Rich

The funniest play written in my lifetime
The Guardian

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.
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.
From the Publisher
“Spectacularly funny . . . a peerless backstage comedy.” –Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“First-rate. . . . Clever and intricately crafted. . . . Sublime.” –The Boston Globe

“Ingenious. . . . Madcap.” –The Wall Street Journal

“A triumph. . . . An essential hysterical fix. . . . Masterly.” –The New York Observer

“[A] frisky, freewheeling sex comedy about actors in a frisky, freewheeling sex comedy.” –USA Today

“A comic masterpiece.” –Daily Telegraph

“Blissful fun.” –The New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413758507
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Modern Plays Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,359,695
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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Noises Off 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This play is the funniest comedy ever written. Truly. I played Lloyd Dallas and it was the best role I've ever played.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.