Called the funniest farce ever written, "Noises Off" presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called "Nothing On." Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant plate of sardines all figure in the plot of this hilarious play.
Act One is set at the technical rehearsal; It is midnight, the night before the first performance and the cast are hopelessly unready. Baffled by entrances and exits, missed cues, missed lines, and bothersome props, including several plates of sardines, they drive Lloyd, their director, into a seething rage.
Act Two shows a Wednesday matinée performance one month later. In this act, the play is seen from backstage, providing a view that emphasizes the deteriorating relationships between the cast. Romantic rivalries, lovers' tiffs and personal quarrels lead to offstage shenanigans, onstage bedlam and the occasional attack with a fire ax.
In Act Three, we see a performance near the end of the ten-week run. Relationships between the cast have soured considerably, the set is breaking down and props are winding up in the wrong hands, on the floor, and in the way. The actors remain determined at all costs to cover up the mounting chaos, but it is not long before the plot has to be abandoned entirely.
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Tickets to "Noises Off" are $17 for adults; $14 for seniors, students and military personnel; and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. Purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets or call the office at (360) 322-7402.