If you love a good laugh, if you love theater, if you are an connoisseur of comedy and want to get in on a great night of all of the above, get thee to A Noise Within for their annual production of Noises Off, a riotous English farce that sends up theatrical conventions while astonishing the audience with mind-bending staging, comic timing and actors’ tricks of all sorts.
Sly and sincere at once, Noises Off takes place in a regional theatre company rife with old loves and hatreds that all come to the fore during the performance of their stock piece. Without giving anything away, we see this same play-within-a-play in all three acts from varying points of view in time and space. That’s all I’m going to say. As affectionately presented by the company of A Noise Within, this piece is a ticking clock of delight, as intricately constructed as any Scorsese automaton, and live, edge-of-your-seat, old-fashioned fun for actors and audience alike.
In previous years this annual, short run of Noises Off was a word-of-mouth sellout. I would advise getting tickets soon, even though ANW’s new East Pasadena location seats twice as many audience members. That rumbling you will hear coming from the theater will not be the Gold Line train pulling into the nearby station but resounding, simultaneous belly laughs from the lucky ticket holders enjoying swiftly paced, theatrical sleight-of-hand.
January 6 – 15. showtimes vary
A Noise Within
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., East Pasadena