Noises Off, the classic farce by the Tony Award—winning author of Copenhagen, is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage “drama” that develops during Nothing On’s final rehearsal and tour. The two begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage. In the end, at the disastrous final performance, the two plots can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into a single collective nervous breakdown.
About the Author
Michael Frayn is the author of thirteen plays, including the classic comedy Noises Off, and Copenhagen, which was named Play of the Year by the "Evening Standard" and won the Drama Critics Circle award. Frayn has also written seven novels and three screenplays, as well as being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov. Headlong is his first novel to appear in the United States since 1993. He lives in London.
“Spectacularly funny . . . a peerless backstage comedy.” –Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“First-rate. . . . Clever and intricately crafted. . . . Sublime.” –The Boston Globe
“Ingenious. . . . Madcap.” –The Wall Street Journal
“A triumph. . . . An essential hysterical fix. . . . Masterly.” –The New York Observer
“[A] frisky, freewheeling sex comedy about actors in a frisky, freewheeling sex comedy.” –USA Today
“A comic masterpiece.” –Daily Telegraph
“Blissful fun.” –The New Yorker