“Noises Off” is a hysterical farce that leaves you breathless and absolutely impressed by the comedic timing of the brilliant ensemble that is the heart of the A Noise Within production. Keeping that heart beating as fast as the slamming doors throughout the show are co-directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott.
“Noises Off” is Michael Frayn’s play within a play about the raucous mishaps involving a theatre company. It starts with a late night rehearsal and the director at the back of the theater bellowing instructions to his hapless cast. There’s one catastrophe after another involving props, entrances, and romances that crumble over three acts.
Act 2 takes place backstage and scenic designer Fred Kinney deserves credit for the magnificent revolving stage that takes the audience behind the scenes. On stage, the entire cast shows the precision timing that their roles require, but Kasey Mahaffy as randy estate agent Garry Lejeune, and Jeremy Rabb as the fragile homeowner Frederick Fellows, take the physical comedy to the max.
Deborah Strang is adorable as the housekeeper Dotty; Emily Kosloski is a knockout as ditzy blonde Brooke; Jill Hill is the voice of reason playing know-it-all Belinda; Apollo Dukakis is a scene-stealer as drunken actor/burglar Selsdon; Erika Soto is surprising with all her secrets as Poppy; and Rafael Goldstein as Tim the stage manager is perfection at doing everything so the show will go on.
Co-director Elliott is glorious with his sharp tongue delivery playing the pompous director Lloyd Dallas who orchestrates the theatrical chaos.
“Noises Off” is at A Noise Within, the acclaimed repertory theatre company, now through Sunday, May 20, located at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. For tickets and information go to ANoiseWithin.org or call (626) 356-3121.