In my triumphant return to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, I get the joy of yelling at my fellow actors as their temperamental, libidinous, and sarcastic director in Noises Off, the funniest farce ever written!
This legendary play-within-a-play follows a traveling troupe’s production of the British comedy Nothing On, from a tense dress rehearsal to backstage during a calamitous performance. The actors’ clashing egos and reckless dalliances take the endeavor to the edge of complete disaster and pandemonium ensues with flubbed lines, missed entrances, technical difficulties, and flaring tempers. The show must go on, no matter how bad it gets.
★ ★ ★ ★ – “From the sight gags and sexual innuendo to the pratfalls and inside-theater puns, director Joe Lehman’s fast-paced, keenly acted, laugh-out-loud revival is spot on.” – Daily Herald
“Acerbic theater critic Frank Rich (aka ‘the Butcher of Broadway’) called Noises Off ‘the funniest play ever written in my lifetime.’ And under the direction of Joe Lehman, the Metropolis’ production lives up to that statement with relentless, unstoppable laughter.” – Northwest Herald
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights