Michael Frayns Noises Off is a 2 hour classical farce that appears at first to be one play; but, after the Second Act, one can clearly see that it is composed of two plays running parallel to each other that are: Nothing On, a sex farce, and the backstage farce that takes place whilst the cast rehearse for the final leg of the Nothing On tour. The two plays meld, as the characters make their exits from Nothing On and entrances to the backstage tomfoolery. Whilst the characters come and go from one farce to the next, they find themselves entangled in a web of confusion and ultimately a disastrous final performance. This play centers on the theme of embarrassment and according to Frayn it is about an anxiety everyone has, that he may make a fool of himself in public. This feeling is commonly shared amongst the masses, hence the plays long-lasting appeal. Although the play is witty, entertaining, and absolutely hilarious, do not make an attempt to understand where the play is heading because the plot is thrown out the window in the first act. The setting for Nothing On was a mahogany brown mansion in the countryside. To the left of the front door was a large checkered window that made it easy enough for Seldon Mowbray (the burglar) to sneak in and rob the house. To the right of the front door was a staircase leading to a bathroom, a bedroom, a closet and an attic. Directly in front of the audience a living room with a couple of couches and a television.
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Altogether, the house had seven doors and a hallway. Surprisingly enough, the doors never fell off their hinges from their constant usage throughout the play. The house was tidy in the beginning but by the end of Act Three, it looked as though a hurricane had just passed through it. As for the backstage, it was completely blue and was rather barren with not too many props as one would expect. However, there were a lot of passageways and stairs leading back onstage. The visual design was very impressive. Not having a trained eye for farcical acting technique, it would be difficult for me to critique the quality of their performance.
The play was jam-packed with comical moments based on all the things that could go wrong whilst a play was taking place. Therefore, if anything was done incorrectly, it was not noticeable. No one actor dazzled my senses and left me awe-inspired, but, some were funnier than others just by the very nature of the characters they were playing. For example, the burglar played by Mowbray had me in cramps with laughter because his dialogue and movements across the stage were so out of place in the context of action at that moment. His voice sounded just like the Dr. Evil from Austin Powers and his movements were like Sloth from the Goonies.
Now try to imagine this fat, stubby, Dr. Evil sluggishly creeping around a mansion whilst a sex farce was taking place. Then on top of that, Brooke Asthon playing Vicki pranced around onstage in sexy hot pink lingerie while Lloyd Dallas (the Director) is shouted out the lines for the burglar. The play was a mess with errors but it was definitely a pleasure to watch. Luke Jorgensen, the director of Noises off, did a great job of harnessing that confusion and chaos upon stage and making it fun and enjoyable for the audience. He did great job of choreographing the silent acting scenes in Act Two; it almost seemed like twenty-five minutes of Charlie Chaplin movie. As for the ending of the play, that was funniest bit of it all because they actors did not appear to know how to end the play so it just looked like a giant improvisational screw up. Great Stuff!! Well, did the play succeed in making its point? If the point of the play was to entertain and make the audience laugh than it succeeded.
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If the point of the play was to show how people can make fools of themselves in public than it receives two thumbs up. In a nutshell, the play was awesome because it was light-hearted and did not make the audience think too much. Noises Off will be a great little conversational piece for the next couple of weeks..