Noises Off

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 19, 2008 - Drama - 176 pages
Noises Off, the classic farce by the Tony Award—winning author of Copenhagen, is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage “drama” that develops during Nothing On’s final rehearsal and tour. The two begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage. In the end, at the disastrous final performance, the two plots can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into a single collective nervous breakdown.

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A comical and Brilliant play about a play. If you say the movie Inseption and didnt understand then Noises Off may not be the Book for you. I only wish I could see this show on broadway becuase it is a truely humorous and entertaining story. Read full review

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"Noises Off" is a brilliant farce written by the award-winning playwright Michael Frayn, who is perhaps best known for his drama "Copenhagen," which dramatizes the 1941 meeting between Niels Bohr and ... Read full review

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Michael Frayn has written plays, novels, and screenplays, in additioin to being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov. His thirteen plays include Copenhagen, which was awarded the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards and, in the United Kingdom, the Olivier and Evening Standard awards. His novel Headlong was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novel, Spies, was published in 2002. Born in London in 1933 and educated at Cambridge, Frayn is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin; they live in London.

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