Noises Off
Closed 2h 20m
Noises Off
87

Noises Off NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(539 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
5%
Negative
1%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever, Great acting

About the Show

Roundabout presents this farcical play-within-a-play, complete with plates of sardines, semi-dressed ingenues, and slamming doors aplenty.

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Member Reviews (539)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
70
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Fluffy, Dated

See it if you love farce. This slamming-door romp doesn't let up for a second. Nothing to be learned, but lots of laughs if you like physical comedy.

Don't see it if broad silliness annoys you, as it does me. I gave a higher rating because the production is perfect. Strong acting, impeccable staging.

507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
100
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love slap stick or Megan Hilty

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor.

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
92
Hilarious, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love to laugh, you appreciate an intelligent farce that stretches it's traditions to the max to become a farce's farce, nonstop action

Don't see it if Farce is not your thing, you don't appreciate slapstick, you can't find the value in stretching farce traditions, you're a curmudgeon

593 Reviews | 264 Followers
85
For those who don't like farces, this is the one that will change your mind

See it if you enjoy a brilliant farce within a farce and excellent ensemble acting with all-star cast including Megan Hilty's hilarious dumb blond.

Don't see it if farces are not your style no matter how well executed.

585 Reviews | 220 Followers
87
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if You love door-slamming farces, whether or not you've seen this show in the past.

Don't see it if You can't stand farce or dislike the idea of backstage antics.

461 Reviews | 710 Followers
90
Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you're depressed (this show will lift your spirits). Also, see it if you love madcap comedies, plays about plays, or you just love to laugh.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of meta shows.

532 Reviews | 488 Followers
75
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy, Relentless

See it if you love a good farce.

Don't see it if you're expecting any substance.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Amazing show. Hilarious.

Don't see it if Anyone would like it.

Critic Reviews (54)

The New York Times
January 14th, 2016

"The heady, headlong and altogether hilarious farce providing generous doses of heat-generating laughter as the winter chill finally sets in…Once it hits its lively stride, Mr. Herrin’s production rollicks along with machine-tooled precision, churning out belly laughs as if from an assembly line…'Noises Off' would be a mere dissertation in clever dramaturgical mechanics, were it not for the expertly drawn characters, here embodied by a first-rate cast."
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Time Out New York
January 14th, 2016

"'Noises Off' is a precision-timed laugh machine, and director Jeremy Herrin’s ensemble is peppered with some of New York’s finest comic actors. So why did I chuckle so little? Various excuses could be made. There’s the culture gap: Good as our American troupers are, they don’t quite get the jauntily sleazy vibe of English sex comedy. Or the fault lies in the director...All due respect to the gamely guffawing audience with whom I attended, but I wanted to make more noise."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 14th, 2016

"This cast is so well-matched that they really do seem to have been working together for months….Indeed, the astonishing thing about the contrivances is that, in a well-judged production like this one, they eventually break into yet another sphere…How something can be both nonsense and (in the context of the play) inevitable is a great and beautiful mystery, one that makes 'Noises Off' not just one of the funniest plays ever written but one of the best."
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 14th, 2016

"The performances haven't yet clicked into the tight lockstep required to make Frayn's intricate comedy run at full tilt…While there are some brilliant set-pieces and terrific physical comedy, the repetition built into the material grows tiring...Despite its wit, structural inventiveness and reputation as one of the all-time great farces, this is a tough play to pull off. Even if they're not 100 percent there yet, Herrin and his ace cast seem well on their way to mastering it."
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Entertainment Weekly
January 14th, 2016

"“The script gives each of the stars several moments to shine, and Andrea Martin anchors Herrin’s production with a brilliant manic energy — there’s a certain athleticism to her almost graceful fumbling amidst the chaos. The direction, performances, and set design create a symphony of shouting and flop sweat, turning pure slapstick into high art.”
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Variety
January 14th, 2016

"Funny lady Andrea Martin leads the nimble cast of this well-tooled revival...Martin who was born to make us laugh, is a perfect hoot in the pivotal role of the scatterbrained actress…On the laugh meter, Act I is only so-so. But as a setup for the next two acts, it’s brilliant. Act II is bust-a-gut funny…'Noises Off' seems to be always playing somewhere in the civilized world...And that’s exactly the way it should be, because this kind of comedic brilliance never gets stale."
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The Wall Street Journal
January 14th, 2016

"The second act in particular is a whirligig of slapstick choreography for whose pristine execution Mr. Herrin deserves the highest possible marks. The secret ingredient of his production is that Mr. Herrin has gone to similar lengths to ensure that every member of the cast plays for truth, not laughs—which makes you laugh twice as hard…Complaints? I’ve got none. This show is flawless."
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The Observer
January 19th, 2016

"In the hilarious new Broadway revival of Michael Frayn’s show business farce 'Noises Off,' there’s noise all over the place—so much, in fact, that sometimes the din threatens to overwhelm the play...Even when it seems labored, the laughs are foolproof. Sometimes the noisiest noise in 'Noises Off' is the sound of the audience having a good time."
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