Back in the fall, the Glendale-based repertory company A Noise Within staged the classic modern farce Noises Off!, and it was such a hit that they’ve brought it back for a brief extra run in February. I caught the show in this brief rerun, and I’m here to tell you: If you have time this weekend, and you want to bring some levity to your Valentine’s/President’s weekend, you need to get to Glendale.
Michael Frayn’s 1982 farce is a play-behind-a-play, a broadly comical story built around an overworked English theatre troupe that’s on the road with a two-bit comedy. This is a fast-paced, timing-is-everything play, and the seasoned team at A Noise Within does a brilliant job of it. Each actor is spot-on, each movement is seamlessly choreographed, and the laughs grow as the chaos builds. Every TV comedy writer, director and actor should see this production several times over to learn a thing or two. But once for Valentine’s Day might have to suffice.
Runs through Sunday, February 14
A Noise Within
234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale