Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Noises Off

From 536 member  reviews
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. More…

'Noises Off' is a first-rate comedy about a second-rate theatre company staging a third-rate play. The opening night performance of the farce 'Nothing On' is just hours away, and as the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn't be going any worse. With lines being forgotten, love triangles unraveling and sardines flying everywhere, it’s complete pandemonium before they reach intermission. Can the cast pull their act together on the stage even if they can't behind the scenes?

2h 20m | Already closed | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (536)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever, Great acting
87
Avg Score

75
Clever, Great staging, Dated, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy physical comedy and jokes that build. I didn't laugh much in act 1 but it worked for me once the repetition kicked in.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy physical comedy and somewhat juvenile, cliched humor, well-done as it might be.

90
Delightful, Hilarious, Great acting, Play within a play, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh out loud. You're like a top-notch, stellar cast such as Campbell Scott, David Furr, Megan Hilty & more. You like the film.

Don't see it if You don't like theater (it's about people working on a play and you see parts of the play twice, once from backstage & once onstage).

75
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you want to have fun at a fluffy farce; you like theatre-goes-wrong humor; you like the cast (Megan Hilty is a real stand-out)

Don't see it if You've seen it done many times before. Pacing isn't as good as other productions. In general not the best direction. 2nd act lacks clarity.

70
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want something light and funny

Don't see it if you saw it the last time it was on Broadway. Not as good.

83
Delightful, Hilarious, Must see, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you like to laugh.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy farce.

85
Great writing, Entertaining, Frantic

See it if Never seen it before, for the brilliance of David Furr and breakaway sets, the extra Playbill, fan of physical comedy, doors and sardines

Don't see it if Have ADD, as production is oddly unfocused with too much going on; don't like farce; it hurts to laugh

83
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you have never seen this show before; it's a well executed production (all about the timing); Megan Hilty is hilarious!

Don't see it if you've seen it before (nothing new here); you don't like slap stick-ish comedy; thin plot, all about the sight gags and an amateur theater

96
Hilarious, Masterful, Dizzying, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see the most precisely executed display of everything going sideways by theatrical geniuses playing imbeciles. Uproariously fun!

Don't see it if u have a low threshold for absurdist physical humor, hilariously dimwitted characters, or the play-within-a-play narrative device (times 3).

95
Hilarious, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Brilliant

See it if You enjoy show stopping comedy. This is farce squared. I don't like slapstick but this is brilliant. Great acting, choreography & sets.

Don't see it if You only like straight drama or are allergic to sardines, doors and all that

85
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you like slapstick. We're talking falling down stairs and swinging axes. It's clever and fun. First rate production of a difficult show.

Don't see it if you're not going to laugh at pratfalls done well. Or if you need something heady to think about to be entertained.

94
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You like slamming doors, stupendous farce, and great comic timing. It's an hilarious show; never gets old, as long as the actors are game.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to laugh, laugh or laugh again.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you just plain want fun -- and maybe some rolling in the aisle clutching your stomach.

Don't see it if you don't like wacky humor.

87
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you need a good laugh. I normally don't like Megan Hilty, but she was a standout here, in a spectacular cast.

Don't see it if you want something deep. Also, if you don't like physical comedy, this isn't for you.

48
Dated, Banal, Quirky

See it if You like a good historical farce, like hearing the word "sardines" repeated for laughs 20x

Don't see it if You're looking for an original, modern show

75
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if you want to see a classic farce with very good physical acting and a cool set

Don't see it if you want a show with an intellectual plot or a farce that moves quickly and has nuanced characters

95
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you love slapstick comedy and are ready to have your pants knocked off. This is one of the funniest shows ever written! Do not miss it.

Don't see it if you are easily confused by multiple story lines intersecting through fast paced comedy and action. This show does not stop for one second.

81
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You love slapstick, physical comedy and double entendres, great acting

Don't see it if You are a play snob and need serious drama to enjoy a performance.

90
Dizzying, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you like farce! Super fun, mad-cap show, complete with slamming doors & a peak into backstage antics. Very nicely staged with excellent cast

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood to have fun. The script is a little dated, but it's performed so well, you may be able to look passed it.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like fast paced comedy with a great ensemble cast

Don't see it if If you don't like slapstick comedy

95
Clever, Funny, Adorable, Hysterical

See it if you love funny, charming comedies ! Andrea Martin is fantastic as is Megan Hilty and the rest of the cast

Don't see it if you're not a fan of goofball shenanigans

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if Knockout comedy performances - especially David Furr and Megan Hilty - and a very clever door slamming farce.

Don't see it if You want something heavy and significant.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You saw the movie and want to compare.

Don't see it if ... They will be closing soon. See it!

68
Dizzying, Confusing, Silly, Funny, Fun

See it if you want to see something silly and over the top.

Don't see it if you don't like repetition.

85
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like shows about theatre as well as just well written comedy

Don't see it if You don't like cheesy comedy and slapstick humor

75
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You've never seen it, because this play is a lot of fun (especially if you love theater), and this production does the material justice.

Don't see it if If you hate show business and theater, or if you saw the original production and expect every ensuing production to be as good.


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…...
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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 jaun...
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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 co...
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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 repu...
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