EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
Below are excerpts from the May 30, 2017 Broadway World review of Noises Off.
YOU WILL LAUGH UNTIL IT HURTS!!
What a smart move by Everyman Artistic Director Vince Lancisi to end this incredible season with a comedy.
He chose what I consider one the funniest farces in theatrical history, Noises Off and took it upon himself to direct this masterpiece of laughter. He has assembled eight members of the Everyman Resident Theatre Company: Megan Anderson, Erick Berryman, Danny Gavigan, Deborah Hazlett, Beth Hylton, Will Love, Bruce Randolph Nelson, and Carl Schurr. The one addition is the talented Emily Kester who is making her Everyman debut.
The term "noises off" is a stage direction (noises off stage) and in any farce you will hear "noises off" during the production and you will not be surprised to hear these here.
Lancisi moves the play into the 1970's so there is a small television set there. As you step into the theater you will hear some music highlights from the '70s. There are two playbills, one for Noises Off and one for the play within the play Nothing On at the Grand Theatre in Weston-Super-Mare (near Cardiff, Wales) starring Dotty Otley. Read them both!!
Lancisi gives the play the superb direction that is necessary. It is seamlessly funny. I can only imagine what rehearsals were like.
The show begins in a summer home with a maid "Dotty Otley" played by the incomparable Hazlett like you have never seen her before. She is hysterical. Schurr, the director of Nothing On, is giving stage directions at the rear of the theater the night before the show goes on. She obviously has trouble keeping track of her props (a telephone, a plate of sardines, and a newspaper) The actors inquire is it a "Technical Rehearsal" or a "Dress Rehearsal"? Does it matter??
The actors are just plain superb. They must have British accents for the play Nothing On as well as different accents for what happens during Act II.
Kester and Gavigan are hysterical together as they come for a tryst to the summer home and expect it to be vacant.
Nelson and Hylton as always come to the home also looking for privacy to celebrate their anniversary.
The superb Wil Love plays a burglar who loves the bottle.
Eric Berryman is a stage manager and understudy who shows great comedic talent.
Daniel Ettinger, the Resident Set Designer, does a masterful job, one of his best.
Eric Abele is responsible for the colorful costumes.
Resident Lighting Designer Jay Herzog does a superb job.
Resident Dialect Coach Gary Logan deserves kudos for the many various English accents.
Philip Owen does a great job with the sound. He is responsible for the great music that includes Al Hirt, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, and Ray Conniff.
After seeing the show you will never look at sardines without laughing.