by Patty Nolan
If you Google the words ‘funniest farce ever written,’ you will quickly generate a list of theatrical companies producing Michael Frayn’s brilliant, Tony-nominated play Noises Off – which was officially named ‘funniest’ by the New York Post.
Who are we to argue with the Post?
Although we are sad to miss the opening night of the Bonstelle Theatre’s production of Noises Off, we are fully prepared to enjoy it ASAP. You, however, can beat us to the punch line by attending this weekend; the play runs October 14- October 2. Curtain is at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sundays.
A play within a play, Noises Off centers around a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop entitled Nothing On. Out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate love affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. Onstage and offstage hilarity ensues, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final disastrous performance of their dreadful bedroom comedy. Noises Off is a comic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines that is not to be missed!
Frayn, who is both a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright, has undertaken numerous rewrites in order to keep Noises Off fresh and up-to-date since its late 1970s inception. Making its Wayne State University debut at the Hilberry Theatre in the 1990-91 season, Noises Off will return to WSU in its updated form at the Bonstelle Theatre. Returning patrons, see it again for the first time. Newcomers, come see what this riot is all about!
Tickets are $12-$15 and are available by calling (313) 577-2960, by visiting the Bonstelle website, or by stopping at the Wayne State University Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Cass Avenue and Hancock.