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Read what audiences are saying our production of Michael Frayn's acclaimed farce...
Laughed so hard my face hurt for days
by Sid B.
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Thought briefly about suing but then remembered actors have no money. Came back with my teenaged kids and their friends so their faces would hurt too. Succeeded. If John Cleese took LSD and steriods and tried to make a play of Basil Fawlty directing a comedy, it would turn out something like this. Kudos to the case and crew for putting their whole hearts into this production, and also for not getting seriously hurt performing it. The air conditioning worked great too.
Monday, 08 August 2011
We saw Noises Off last night and thoroughly enjoyed it! The slapstick comedy, the timing, the doors and the sardines kept us laughing the entire time. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who would like to spend an evening laughing and enjoying some great local comedy. Thanks, Georgia Shakespeare!
Incredible, mind bending, hilarious
by Jo Crymes
Monday, 08 August 2011
I really didn't know what to expect when we went to see Noises Off with family and friends(8 of us), but about the time Chris Kayser's voice came over the sound system saying, "This is God", I was hooked. It was a rollicking, whirlwind, fabulously intricate roller coaster experience we were on, and the whole audience was on the ride together. I don't remember when I have laughed so much or heard so much laughter from the audience, and it didn't slow down. Just when you thought it had to wind down, the pace quickened, and you were off for another dip and loop as the coaster picked up speed. Great entertainment, and congratulation and thanks to a great cast! And I don't think I will ever hear the word "sardines" again without cracking up.
Noises Off Review
by Stefanie D.
Tuesday, 02 August 2011
On July 28th, a line of theatre-goers wound through the lobby of Georgia Shakespeare waiting to take their seats to the farce Noises Off. As I rushed to find my seat, the anticipation was building to see this preview performance. Even the program played off the irony to come—the program for Noises On was inside the program for Noises Off. Just so you're not totally confused, Noises On is the name of the play produced within the production of Noises Off. Also in Britain, where the play originated, "noises off" is most commonly known as noises from backstage and "noises on" refers to any sound originating from the stage itself. A fantastic set of seven doors, an upstairs hallway and a living room grabbed my attention from the start and I couldn't wait for the show to begin. However, I didn't realize how soon the show would pause after its beginning. As what seems to be a disembodied voice directs the stage, I look around the theatre. Noises off indeed! The director of Noises On, played by none other than the fantastic Chris Kayser, is sitting at a table in the midst of the audience directing the actors by talking through a table microphone. Thus the rehearsal of our play within a play begins.
What captures the essence of the title "noises off" so quickly is that the stage of Noises On is on the stage of Noises Off. Stage managers and crew are running around in the unlit portions of the main stage to keep the play Noises On afloat. While at first this can all be very confusing to imagine or comprehend, the constant among all audience members is laughter. To encompass the audience in this way I can only compare to the Shakespeare's Tavern—The play forces audience involvement. Stelson, a character who often wanders off and is a wee bit too friendly with the bottle, is found sitting in the audience at the beginning of Noises Off . Not ten minutes later the director is pacing between the seats of the audience and leaning on structures off stage. While this is a fantastic way to throw the audience into the theatrical experience, it also gives them a direct link to a character's point of view. We are indeed seeing the same perspective as the director. Does this give the audience a sense of power? Maybe, but it doesn't last for long, as the rehearsal comes to a halting stop when the young actress Brooke Aston loses a contact lens.
The humor continues as there are near-miss exchanges in Noises On as well as characters misreading sexual innuendo into physical interactions, and Aston running around the house in her underwear. These comical situations are only the beginning as by the end of the play you will think all the actors are sexual maniacs if you misread their actions as do some of the characters. Upon that note, this show is probably best not seen by children. The crude humor and risque innuendos would take a lot of explaining on the ride home. However, if you love a good laugh, British comedy, or fantastic set design this show is for you.
Tuesday, 02 Aug 2011
Definitely not a farce, rather pure slapstick. Sorry but not even a teensy bit amusing to any of us who attended together last week. Next time we'll stick with good old Will.
by Karla J.
Sunday, 31 July 2011
I was amazed at the show Saturday night. It's British farce at its best, as if written by an insane watchmaker. The interconnected wheels keep spinning faster until they burst in total chaos and soar into inspired madness (cloned burglars ranting in unison was great!). And it all turns on a dime. I don't know how you guys pulled it off, but it was fantastic.
Noises Off... AMAZING
by Sandy Lynn M.
Thursday, 29 July 2011
Thank you to the director, cast, and crew for a fun-filled evening! We haven't laughed this much in a long time. I am ordering tickets to see it again! Georgia Shakespeare...WE LOVE YOU!!
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