Slamming doors and plates of sardines were all I could recall from the last time I saw Noises Off, and that’s a good summary of the third Broadway production of Michael Frayn’s slapstick backstage farce about an inept cast putting on a terrible play….
I can’t remember ever hearing laughter at a higher sustained volume for any show on Broadway. It must be almost heartwarming to share in the hilarity in a closed space; such a reaction en masse is just a slightly alienating experience for those of us who can’t help viewing this three-decade-old farce as little more than The Three Stooges with a British accent.
Full review at DC Theatre Scene.
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