A Farce Within

Nov 9, 2009

Noises Off at a Noise Within; photo by Craig Schwartz

Noises Off at a Noise Within; photo by Craig Schwartz

A Noise Within, Southern California’s only classical repertory company (indeed, one of only a handful of repertory companies left in the country), is going a bit “meta” with its next production. The play — Noises Off, Michael Frayn’s 1982 British “farce from behind” — is a play within (that’s pun number two, scorekeepers) a play, a bumbling attempt to put on “a dreadful sex comedy” entitled Nothing On. Chuckle. Hammy actors, nose bleeds, pregnancy and a porn star — how could hilarity not ensue? And let’s not forget A Noise Within’s stellar reputation: 26 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, not bad for a company that’s not even 20 years old.

Noises Off opens this Saturday for a five-week run. Also in production until December are Richard III and Crime & Punishment.

Noises Off
Saturday, November 14 – Sunday, December 20
A Noise Within
234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale
Tickets $44 (Fridays & Saturdays, Sunday matinees), $40 (Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Sundays, Saturday matinees)
For tickets call 818.240.0919 x 1 or visit

1 Response for “A Farce Within”

  1. Petrea says:

    I haven’t seen the A Noise Within production, but Noises Off is one of the funniest scripts ever. Good combination of company and script, I’d say.



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