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In Noises Off Michael Frayn creates an ingenious play-within-a-play farce. The on-stage play is a dreadful bedroom farce called Noises On in which scantily clad young ladies are being chased in and out of continually opening and slamming doors by old men. The backstage farce develops during the playâ€™s final rehearsal and tour as the characters make their exits from Noises On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage and then have to go back again on stage to Noises On. In the end the two farces can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into one 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
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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Book Description Methuen, 1983. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110413506703
Book Description Methuen, 1983. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0413506703
Book Description Methuen, 1983. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0413506703
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Book Description Methuen Publishing Ltd 1983-01, 1983. Condition: neu. Taschenbuch 149 S. neues Buch, Ansichtsexemplar aus Buchladen Zustand: 11, neu, Taschenbuch Methuen Publishing Ltd , 1983-01 149 S. , Noises Off: A Play in Three Acts (Methuen Modern Plays), Frayn, Michael. Seller Inventory # BU131971