In what might be one of the most hilariously chaotic plays I’ve ever seen in my life, a zany rendition of Noises Off is currently on at Delray Beach Playhouse until May 14. The slapstick kind of comedy is exactly what I didn’t know I needed when I caught the opening night’s performance, and you might need it, too. Just laugh.
The pre-performance set the tone for the characters’ abilities to walk in and out the audience’s focus. While the director of the play, Jeremy Quinn, did a normal pre-show speech about exit signs, cellphones, and obligatory thank-yous, a pair of “stage hands” wandered on to the stage near him and grabbed a stray mop bucket. Quinn looked at them as they exited and uttered, “It’s hard to find good help these days.” And with that, the show began.
A woman, mildly incompetent, by the name of Dotty (Beverly Blanchette) kept forgetting her lines during the dress rehearsal of a play. The director, Lloyd (Harry Redlich), entered down the audience aisle and corrected Dotty with a “No, no, no” and “You forgot the sardines!” Throughout this play, the play I am sitting at, in its two and half acts, the same first act of the farce Nothing On, the play within the play.
This is a wonderful review of a really fun comedy. This production is a comedic tour de force! Wonderful direction by Jeremy Quinn and terrific acting by the cast! Thank you all for an enjoyable afternoon!
This is a wonderful review of the truly funny comedy, Noises Off. This production is a comedic tour de force! Wonderful direction by Jeremy Quinn and terrific acting by the cast! Thank you all for an enjoyable afternoon!