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Noises Off

Noises Off

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Written by Michael FraynAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Michael Frayn

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: August 27, 2002
  • Price: $15.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-3160-3 (1-4000-3160-5)
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This classic farce by the Tony Award-winning author of Copenhagen has been newly revised for the enormously successful revival, currently on Broadway starring Patti LuPone, Peter Gallagher, and Faith Prince.

Noises Off—which ran in London's West End for nearly five years when first staged—is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage "drama" that develops druing Nothing On's final rehearsal and tour. The two begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage. In the end, at the disastrous final performance, the two actions can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into a single collective nervous breakdown.

"Spectacularly funny.... A peerless backstage comedy." —The New York Times

"First-rate.... Clever and intricately crafted.... Sublime." —The Boston Globe

"Ingenious.... Madcap." —The Wall Street Journal