“Noises Off” Review

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“Noises Off” Review

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Alyssa Jones

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The show “Noises Off,” a play-within-a-play directed by Drama teacher Jeremy Clay, had students laughing in their seats and praising the performance at the end. The cast practiced this play for several months and even stayed after school some days in order to perfect their performances. The crew worked nearly the same amount of time in order to make sure the sets were built as needed. “Noises Off” featured a talented cast and crew who evidently all worked hard to make the play possible.

During the first half of the play, the audience was able to see a loving cast who hinted at secret love affairs among the actors and actresses as they ran through their final dress rehearsal. The director, played by junior Ryan Lynch, gave directions while yelling at the cast members, who all seemed ill-prepared for the first showing with a live audience. Throughout each scene, the cast members either made mistakes or messed up on their lines. The director voiced countless threats and irritated comments that had the viewers laughing.

After an eight-minute intermission, the second half of the play portrayed the exact opposite of an adoring cast, a group of actors and actresses who were full of jealousy, rage, infidelity and misunderstandings. This view allowed the audience to see the behind the scenes of “Nothing On.” While the play was going on for the live audience, viewers were able to see all of the behind-the-scenes magic, where the cast could only communicate through silence as the play was being performed for the ‘live’ audience. The cast went through several conflicting emotions and scenes where they were either trying to hit each other with a hatchet or tying another member’s shoelaces together in order to ruin his performance. The second half of the play exemplified the true emotions each member of the cast felt towards the others, rather than the love and sympathy that was shown at rehearsals.

The effort and time the actors and actresses put into this performance was evident throughout the whole play. Each character took on their role as if they were playing themselves. Even with a few technology mishaps, the casts managed to make the audience believe they were valid parts in the play. It left the audience with an astonishing last line, “I’m pregnant,” which left the viewers wondering what could possibly happen next.

Overall, “Noises Off” was a great performance full of love triangles and humor that left you laughing. The casts came together to put on a fascinating example of how sometimes, the behind-the-scenes of a play does not go as smoothly as the performance.

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