Nashville Repertory Theatre's production of Noises Off, by Michael Frayn. Live onstage at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's (TPAC) Johnson Theater, October 15th through November 5th, 2016 with previews October 13th and 14th.
Doing a comedy takes a lot of hard work. A lot of hard work and a lot of sardines. Hard work, sardines, slamming doors, and sometimes an effort to avoid strangling your fellow cast mates. In this show-within-a-show sex farce, the chaos of rehearsal becomes chaos behind the scenes (literally), and ultimately utter disaster. This comic catastrophe is probably not what the saying “You have to suffer for your art” was meant to represent, but to the audience’s delight, Noises Off makes theatre gone wrong so funny you just won’t care. This brilliant comedy was a riotous success when The Rep produced it over ten years ago, and we figured we could all use a big laugh about now.