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Slapstick and Flying Sardines: FMCT brings Noises Off back to the stage
Classic comedy depicts the follies of theatre and the people who make it
Michael Frayn’s 1982 comedy, often praised as “the funniest play ever written,” takes its title from a stage direction referring to sounds coming from offstage. Noises Off is a play-within-a-play depicting the follies of a second-rate theatre troupe as they fumble through rehearsals of a farce called “Nothing On.” As performances commence, friction among the actors and their director leads to utter pandemonium—complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and flying sardines.
While the entire play takes place on a theatre set, Director, Adam Pankow assures that audience members need not be well-versed in theatre to see the humor in the ensemble’s antics.
“It isn’t just a show about theatre, it’s a show about relationships,” he said. “It’s really a workplace comedy, and the workplace just happens to be at the theatre. There’s a lot to relate to with workplace romances, conflicts with coworkers, and all of that. It eclipses just theatre itself.”