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Noises Off (Two River Theater)

From 6 critic and 16 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious

About the show

Screwball antics, sight gags, pratfalls, misplaced props, slamming doors, and flying sardines all combine in Tony Award winner Michael Frayn’s celebrated farce-within-a-farce. More…

Sarna Lapine, whose credits include the acclaimed recent Broadway revival of "Sunday in the Park with George" with Jake Gyllenhaal, directs.

2h 0m | Already closed | Two River Theater (NJ)


95
BroadwayWorld

“You'll laugh, laugh, and laugh some more at this truly timeless comedy...The TRT production...featuring a marvelous cast, is an absolute pleasure...Don't miss the hilarious rendition...The cast masters the play within a play format with its absurd, fast paced action. You never know what is going to happen next. Their comedic timing is perfect and they bring enormous energy to every scene...Audiences will love all of the unique, distinctive characters, wonderfully portrayed.” Full Review

90
NJ.com

“This is an unabashed celebration of the pure zaniness that is farce...Those laughs come through steadily at Two River. As affairs in the play get more and more madcap...Lapine does truly impressive work in choreographing and emphasizing the gags to get the most out of this hectic script...Expertly executed and masterfully unpretentious, it is little more than slapstick for the sake of slapstick, and in that regard it is simply a whole lot of fun.” Full Review

90
Scene on Stage

“’Nothing On’ is the play being rehearsed within...‘Noises Off’ by a troupe of inept actors...Two River’s cast is anything but inept; their bungling of the third-rate inner play is a rib-tickling delight, a masterclass in comic timing...The confusion is so well written and performed that we can follow it even when the on-stage characters cannot...The stellar nine-member cast functions as one...Comedy really is hard. This 'Noises Off' pulls it off. It hits its marks and gets its laughs." Full Review

85
NJArts.net

“Lapine doesn’t try to find new dimensions in Frayn’s script. This is a straightforward, dependably hilarious production of a dependably hilarious play...This is an action-packed, physically demanding comedy, with characters frequently breaking through windows, or falling down stairs, or crawling around helplessly...The actors in ‘Noises Off’ hit their marks — even when the craziness reaches a feverish peak, in the second act — with the precision of ballet dancers.” Full Review

85
The Journal NJ

“Described as the funniest farce ever written, this perennial play has been performed by hundreds of actors...and the Two River Theater version is every is bit as fierce as the best of them...The talented cast really deserves kudos for the aerobic workout we witness in the audience and the timing of this team of actors is spot on, despite all the craziness that never stops for a minute...It’s a fast, funny farce and a welcome bit of fun in the chilly months.” Full Review

45
Broad Street Review

“Frayn’s durable farce-within-a-farce, takes place during a disastrous dress rehearsal. The production currently running at TRT...too often feels like one itself...TRT’s production directed with a general lack of timing and taste...never hits on the right balance...The company work so hard and achieve so little...The actors use slapdash physical comedy to overcompensate...It falls a few doors short of a successful farce.” Full Review


85
Ambitious, Delightful, Great staging, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy farce done very well. This is a difficult show to get perfect but this production does it!

Don't see it if you want deep thought or don't like farce and backstage comedies.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if U LIKE FARCE GREAT FUN & UNBELIEVABLY WELLTIMED SUPER SLAPSTICK

Don't see it if U DO NOT LIKE FARCE & EXCELLENTLY TIMED FEVERISH SLAPSTICK

Also ALL ACTORS TALENTED BUT ELLEN HARVEY MICHAEL CRANE AND JASON O'CONNELL... Read more Read less

83
Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy door slamming British farce, appreciate intricately precise physical comedy, and just want to laugh!

Don't see it if you don't like British farce, are looking for drama, hate laughing till your sides ache!

83
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Silly, Great sets

See it if would like to see a cohesive and talented cast with impeccable comedic timing give their all in a fantastically farcical show

Don't see it if Not a fan of door-slamming absurdist British comedies

Also Similar in content and premise to David French's Jitters, though I fou... Read more Read less

78
Great staging, Funny, Uneven

See it if You're n the mood for silly humor with a British flavor

Don't see it if You're looking for something thought provoking

69
Funny at times

See it if I usually love farces but something here didn't connect i really only had one great laugh

Don't see it if ....

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

See it if you enjoy great comedic timing with a powerhouse cast. The show is a hoot!

Don't see it if you dont like a fast paced show or if you are younger than 12.

100
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love slapstick comedy and laughing and good concept.

Don't see it if You don’t have a soul and can’t laugh.

91
Must see, Masterful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you need to laugh. This is the funniest script ever written.

Don't see it if you're a stick in the mud.

90
Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like quick-paced, clever comedies with well-executed slapstick. For fans of The Play that Goes Wrong and The Comedy of Errors.

Don't see it if You don't like British farce or occasional profanity.

90
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You enjoy slapstick comedy with amazingly talented actors. Smart and incredibly involved blocking that kept the show moving at all times.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh.

89
Funny, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy farce (or enjoy seeing a farce of farce), like shows about theater, want a laugh, enjoy slapstick

Don't see it if you don't like physical comedy, are looking for strong social messaging

87
Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if hysterical romp thru 3 partial performances of the same play as performers develop bad blood!

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

77
Funny, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if you like slapstick humor, physical comedy, great staging

Don't see it if you're looking for something intellectual

75
Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You are a fan of screwball comedy.

Don't see it if You are a fan of regular comedy not slapstick.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Funny, Raunchy

See it if You want a good laugh

Don't see it if You are Uber conservative


Cast & Creatives (16)