Michael Frayn's Noises Off Play Evaluation

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I saw Michael Frayn’s production of Noises Off in Upton Hall (Warren Theater), which on Buffalo State’s Campus on March 4,2016 at 8om. The play was directed by Jennifer Toohey. I did not expect the play to be as funny since I did not understand the book. However, the play was extremely funny and I enjoyed it. I still did not fully understand when they were switching from Noises Off and Nothing On, but the play was amusing. I loved scene 2 because as an audience member I always wonder what is going on backstage, and scene 2 gave me the opportunity to see that. Also I remember that Professor Moltane mentioned that each scene got worst as the play went on and being able to see that physically was also very helpful to me. The play was confusing …show more content…
A farce is what is known as an exaggerated play and the cast did a good job. The play was very comical and kept me entertained the entire time. The cast made a variety of mistakes on purpose, which caused the audience to be hysterical. There was also a lot of dramatic acting. I personally felt that Brooke’s character, which was played by Molly Bader was very dramatic. Her voice was extremely loud and high pitched. Her costume was also very dramatic and distracting to majority of the males in the audience. Selsdon’s character was also an interesting character. He would always pop up at random times, and always seemed to be confused. He played his role very well and left the audience in tears from laughing. They did a successful job of bringing the farce to life. The play was exaggerated and funny just like the producer intended for it to be. The people that were theater majors were able to understand the play better than I was, which lead them to find the play more funny than a regular audience member. The scene also helped the farce come to life. Seeing the cast go in and out of several doors and just run all over the house was amusing. Ultimately, it was worth it because the production of the play was better than the actual book. It was easier to understand. I was able to connect some of the visual scenes to things that happened in the book. For example, when Poppy (Mandy Hebblethwaite) kept trying to …show more content…
In fact, some people were too engaged that I became annoyed. There were a few older people in front of me that could not stop laughing, and they found Selsdon to be a very funny character. On the right hand side of me, there were a few theater majors that could not stop laughing. Their laughs were so loud and obnoxious that it sometimes distracting. However, as I mentioned before theater majors probably found the play to be more funny than an average audience member because they understand on a different level. I did not see anyone on their phone or talking. I also did not see anyone sleeping. Everyone was either laughing or trying to figure out exactly what was going on. During intermission everyone would just go to the bathroom really quickly and check their phone. The play was not boring, but the scenes did feel long, so I personally enjoyed intermission because I do not like sitting for long periods of time without being able to stretch my legs. After the performance, everyone just wanted to get to their destination because the play did not end to about 10:30pm. That’s not too late, but on a Friday night for a college student that is too late to be at a

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