NOISES OFF

by Michael Frayn

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January 2007
Portland Stage Company, Maine

with Scott Barrow, Kim Ders,
Tavia Gilbert, J.P. Guimont,
Mark Honan, John Little,
Lisa McCormick,
Cristine McMurdo-Wallis,
Evan Thompson

set Anita Stewart
costumes Frank Champa
lights Greg Carville
sound Chris Fitze

“Simply irresistable! [...] Just when you think you can't laugh any more, the play moves into the second act and the laughter intensifies.... The pantomimed arguments and slapstick plot turns are priceless. [...] Hats off to Portland Stage's cast... 'Noises Off' is tonic for body and soul. It's a madcap laugh fest from start to finish that will eave you feeling warm on these cold winter nights.”
—Maine Sunday Telegram, 1/28/07

“Nonstop belly laughs... A thoroughly professional production with nine excellent actors... very appealing.”
—The Forecaster, 2/1/07

““Between near-ceaseless slapstick and corresponding wit, there was hardly a chance to recover between laughs. It was only when contact lenses were lost, lines were dropped or noses bled and the whole company had to come to screeching halt to regroup that the audience had brief opportunities to catch their breath. [...] But to the dismay of the cast and delight of the audience there was never a reprieve for very long.”
—Portland Times Record, 1/28/07

“Brilliant... sidesplitting... very funny business...
a guaranteed memorable night.”
—York County Coast Star, 2/1/07

“Along with the sheer athletic virtuosity required to pull it off, a dizzying series of entrances and exits make superb comic timing a must for it to work. And work it does in the current production at Portland Stage. [...] Turns inanity into high art.... they deserve high praise.”
—The Bollard, 1/29/07

“Particularly histrionic hilarity, snappily directed by Samuel Buggeln. [...] Buggeln’s cast is nimble, swift, and smart. The timing of these actors is intimidating, and the play of their characters between on- and off-stage personalities is refreshingly fluent [and] devastatingly funny. [...] PSC’s play-within-a-play nails this comedy’s panic, its rush, and its devil-may-care surrender to the show going on backstage.”
—Portland Phoenix, 1/31/07