Noises off: A Play in Three Acts

Noises off: A Play in Three Acts

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by Michael Frayn
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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“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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400031603
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/27/2002
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
237,331
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Frayn has written plays, novels, and screenplays, in additioin to being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov. His thirteen plays include Copenhagen, which was awarded the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards and, in the United Kingdom, the Olivier and Evening Standard awards. His novel Headlong was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novel, Spies, was published in 2002. Born in London in 1933 and educated at Cambridge, Frayn is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin; they live in London.

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Noises off: A Play in Three Acts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago