Heart Of Glass: Noises Off
Our Professional Marketing and Development Intern Amos Glass shares why Noises Off made him bust out in laughter, on stage now at Nashville Repertory Theatre.
As we move onto our second production in the 2016 – 2017 season we are covered in sardines, stuck on stair cases, and tangled in phone cords. Noises Off is a beautiful love letter to theater. It answers the question, do you keep going even when everything is falling down all around you.
Why Noises Off is a staple of theatre?
I personally love the idea that snowballed into this mad cap comedy of Noises Off. Michael Frayn was watching one of his own farces, back stage and realized the play was funnier because he could see the scripted play onstage as well as the unintentional comedy backstage. Thank God he had that revelation because this outrageous idea for a show turned into one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. In my opinion, Noises Off is the funniest comedy/farce to exist. This play has had three Broadway runs, three West End productions, and a movie and it stills remains a pivotal farce in the world of great plays. Also, all the funny and famous people to take on these outrageous characters include: Carol Burnet, Andrea Martin, Michael Caine, Patti LuPone, John Ritter, Victor Garber, and many other funny people.
Noises Off and Delightful Mishaps
I have always tried to point out exactly what is the purpose of the play. The answer is purely entertainment. This play shows exactly what could happen in a real life theatrical experience when things go wrong. The title “Noises Off” is describing how an off stage noise pulls focus from the show. Once, I was in a production of Moon Over Buffalo. In Act 2 my character comes in drunk and falls behind the ironing board to hide from the rest of the cast. During intermission one night the ironing board was not placed on the set I walked into the closet and improvised my way through the scene to the audiences’ delight. That is what makes live theater exciting. Even though all the malfunctions are written in the script, I felt that the actors’ antics rang true to my own mishap experiences on stage.
Nashville Rep’s production of Noise’s Off is an escape into a place where you can’t help but laugh. All of the actors fully commit to their characters and shine during all the chaos of the show. Martha Wilkinson’s performance of Dotty was an absolute joy to watch and to quote Amy Stumpfl’s Tennessean review, “Martha Wilkinson is perfectly cast as Dotty, the faded resident diva who is not above chewing a little scenery. Wilkinson is a master of timing, and she works each outrageous line to perfection.” Both Steve Kraski and Jacob York shine in Nothing On, the play inside the play, with their wonderful physicality and electric characters. My favorite character was the dim-witted Brooke played by Morgan Davis. Her actions and line delivery as this brainless bombshell just keep you busting out in laugher. The set was prenominal. The hidden details on this rotating stage keep wowing the audience from different angles. I could honestly go on and on about how great Noises Off is, but I don’t want to spoil everything so you will just have to see it for yourself.
You have until November 5th to see Nashville Rep’s production of Noise’s Off. You won’t be disappointed … or have sardines dropped on your head.