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
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.
The New York Times Frank Rich
The funniest play written in my lifetime
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.