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Noise Off or On?
Noise off is a play that was inspired by writing a play and watching the story unfold backstage. The playwright of Noise Off Micheal Frayn said that they story The Two of Us was more funny behind the scenes. Therefore, he created 'Noise Off,' a story about how everything comes together behind and in front of the audience.
Called the funniest farce ever written, Frayn plays on the concept of a play within a play: in this case, the play is a dreadful sex comedy titled Nothing On—young girls run about in their underwear, old men drop their trousers, and many doors continually open and shut.
Act One is set at the dress rehearsal with the cast still fumbling with entrances and exits, missed cues, misspoken lines, and bothersome props.
In Act Two, a performance is seen from backstage, leading to offstage shenanigans and onstage bedlam.
In Act Three, the actors attempt to cover up a series of mishaps but only compound the problems and draw attention to the bungling performance. Noises Off is a dizzy romp, a true festival of delirium.
Noise Off will be shown at Hainline theatre from 7:30 to 10:00P.M on October 23-26, 2013.For more information please contact Wendi Mattson at Wk-Mattson@wiu.edu
Here is a link to see a sneak peek of what’s to come: