5 March 2014

It's Showtime: Noises Off

Tuesday night for me was fun-filled indeed. I was back at my all time favorite Prithvi theater to watch a show after ages. Prithvi Theatre is a haven for theater aficionados, situated right in the heart of Juhu, this tiny place has been around for decades producing and displaying some amazing theater. There was an entire bunch of us present that night for the opening show of the play, 'Noises Off'. We were all members of a group called 'It's Showtime'.

About It's Showtime: This group was founded by Salonee Sanghvi-Doshi, an avid theater and movie buff, with the intention that nobody should go see a play/movie alone. The group meets up once or sometimes twice a month with the intention of getting like minded people together to go watch a show. One can attend solo or bring a friend along. The Facebook group puts up the events and also gives the members a chance to vote on what they would like to see/attend. The group meets up for movies, musicals, plays, stand up....anything that fancies their interest. I've attended two such gatherings and I must say I've thoroughly enjoyed both the show, and meeting up with some fun people post the show. 

This time we all gathered to see the premier show of Noises Off, a very famous English play, which I had read up for while doing research for the blog. This play has been adapted, modified and modernized since the 1970's and has been around since then. It has even been adapted into a film of the same name. To quote the playwright Michael Frayn, 'A play is funnier from behind than in front, and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind.'

About Noises Off: Noises Off is a play within a play. Its about a theater group putting together a sex comedy called, 'Nothing On', and the chaos and confusion then goes on backstage and during the actual show. It all happens on a single set where lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away, and more embarrassing situations ensue. The show was divided into three acts:
Act One: On stage during dress rehearsal
Act Two: Backstage during a matinee performance
Act Three: On stage during a delightfully ruined performance.

My Review: After long did I see a play that was so perfect when it came to comic timing. Such witty, slapstick comedy and exuberant performances from all the actors. Delightfully original one liners throughout the play. There is not a dull moment in the entire first act. You are hooked onto the escapades and chaos that goes on. Its especially interesting to get a glimpse into what goes on during a dress rehearsal and backstage of a play during Act One and Two respectively. My only grouse with the play was the duration. At two hours not counting interval, it becomes extremely long. Nevertheless, not a dull moment throughout. I would've thoroughly enjoyed this one, if only it had been shorter by 15 minutes or so.

It's Showtime members with the cast of Noises Off

There was a special treat in store for all the members who had some to watch the show. They were given a chance to meet and interact with the cast members after the performance. All in all a fun evening. Go see Noises Off if your in the mood for some light-hearted, over-the-top comedy. 

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