Noises Off is a 1982 play by the English playwright Michael Frayn. The idea for it came in 1970, when Frayn was watching from the wings a theater performance. He said, "It was funnier from behind than in front, and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind." It takes its title from the theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage.
Each of the three acts of Noises Off contains a performance of the first act of a play within a play. Much of the comedy emerges from the subtle variations in each version as character flaws play off each other off-stage to undermine on-stage performance, with a great deal of slapstick. The contrast between players' on-stage and off-stage personalities is also a source of comic dissonance.
The production was nominated for 2016 Tony Awards for Best Revival of Play.
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