A SWIFT PACED FARCICAL FLURRY
Not to put too much of a fine point on it but good ol’ British comedy gold has gone the way of the wagon wheel in this city. There was a time, not long ago, that it served as the primary entertainment vehicle that made a night at the theatre unequivocally liberating.
Laugh loyalist Ted Dykstra does more than just bring it back with a directorial signature stamp like no other, the crazy loon demands a no hoot barred presentation from a carefully selected cast that bask in absurdity like it was their birth right to do so.
That said, the Soulpepper Theatre Company staging of Noises Off may just be the best play ever staged about the worst play ever staged delivering big laughs and a greater appreciation for the lengths an acting company has to go to in pleasing audiences across the globe. Make no mistake, the cream of comedy just doesn’t get any sweeter than this!
The stair climbing, doorway entrance matted entertainment maze is paved by nine kooky characters counting down the final hours to curtain call for ‘Nothing On,’ a misbehaving dramedy featuring two couples who descend on an estate only be joined by sardine burdened housemaid and finicky burglar. Rehearsal relationships are rocky, lines need polishing and underwear endlessly appear out of nowhere.
David Stoch, Brenda Robins, Myrthin Stagg and Matthew Edison are dandy springing Act I’s laugh traps before passing the silly to Christopher Morris, Oliver Dennis, Raquel Duffy who parade whimsical timing sensibities in Act II.
With Oyin Oladejo and Anand Rajaram pulling playgoers deeper into the off script madness of Act III, expect the unexpected in this swift paced farcical flurry of multi-layered surprises that only the English seem able to conjure up.
‘Looks and gestures, that’s what acting is all about,’ insists the always enticing David Storch as the patience deprived Lloyd Dallas who speculates ‘the show is beyond the help of a Director.’
Performers know all too well not every final product looks exactly as intended going into it. It’s hard to imagine that Albert Schultz and Co. ever dreamed Noises Off could look this spectacular coming out the other side.
NOISES OFF by Michael Frayn September 21 – October 22, 2016 YOUNG CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 50 Tank House Lane, Toronto TICKETS $32.00 – $96.00 www.soulpepper.ca 416-866-8666 CAST Oliver Dennis, Raquel Duffy, Matthew Edison, Christopher Morris, Oyin Oladejo, Anand Rajaram, Brenda Robins, Myrthin Stagg and David Storch DIRECTOR Ted Dykstra SET Patrick Clark COSTUMES Erika Connor LIGHTING Kaileigh Krysztofiak SOUND DESIGN Creighton Doane STAGE MANAGER Darragh Parsons