Noises Off | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Five Jefferson citations and ten months later, Pegasus Players' inspired revival of Noises Off is running strong. The cast of Michael Frayn's combustible backstage comedy has changed almost completely since the comedy opened, and the original Truman College setting has changed to a much more intimate stage in the Theatre Building. Meanwhile, Michael Leavitt's staging continues to choke laughs from audiences until they can give no more. The play is, in effect, a smarmy little British sex comedy turned inside out: frantic rehearsals and backstage goings-on combined with every ham who ever chewed scenery and every mishap that ever frazzled a director. This production teems with nine bravura performances and eight busily slamming doors--Christine St. John's manic maid alone is worth the price of admission. At the Theatre Building, open run. Thursday and Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 5 and 9 PM, "sardine" Sunday, 2:30 PM (two tickets for the price of one on Sundays for couples who bring a can of sardines; the cans are given to a local food pantry). $16.50-$21-50.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jennifer Girard.

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