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Noises Off

  • Michael Frayn
  • Full Length Play, Farce, Comedy, Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • 3M, 4F
  • ISBN: 9780573113123

"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
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  • Full Length Play
  • Farce, Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Target Audience: Senior, Adult
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! The 1982 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play
    Winner! The 1982 London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy
    Nominee - 1982 Tony Award for Best Play
    Nominee - 1982 Drama Desk Award for Best Play
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Door's slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

**NOISES OFF IS CURRENTLY RESTRICTED**

REVIEWS:

"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."

The New York Post

"As side-splitting a farce as I have seen. Ever? Ever."

The New York Magazine

Premiere Production: Noises Off opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City on December 11, 1983, under the direction of Michael Blakemore.
  • Casting: 3M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast

  • DOTTY OTLEY - A late-middle-aged actress. Plays Mrs. Clackett, the housekeeper for the Brents' home in England in Nothing's On.
  • LLOYD DALLAS - The director of a play-within-the-play, called Nothing's On.
  • GARRY LEJEUNE - A stuttering actor, easily fired up. Plays Roger, the estate agent looking to let the Brent's house in Nothing's On.
  • BROOKE ASHTON - A young inexperienced actress from London. Plays Vicki, who works for the tax authorities and is trying to woo Roger in Nothing's On.
  • POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR - Assistant Stage Manager.
  • FREDERICK FELLOWES - Has a serious fear of violence and blood. Plays Phillip Brent, who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes and is on a secret visit in Nothing's On.
  • BELINDA BLAIR - Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress. Plays Flavia, Philip Brent's wife who is dependable, though not one for household duties in Nothing's On.
  • TIM ALLGOOD - An over-worked Stage Manager.
  • SELSDON MOWBRAY - Elderly and with actorly mannerisms. Plays Selsdon, a burglar and an old man in his seventies, breaking into the Brents' house in Nothing's On.
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    Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Door's slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.


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