Noises Off has a highly eccentric yet lovable cast

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SHOW REVIEW – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

“That’s what it’s all about. Doors and sardines. Getting on-getting off. Getting the sardines on-getting the sardines off. That’s farce. That’s the theatre. That’s life.” Such is Lloyd Dallas’ admirably succinct summary of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, recreated here by Director Paul Mullins and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. However, this inspired production makes it clear that even the simplest model can become quite complex. Lloyd Dallas, played with biting sarcasm by Andrew Weems, is the entrenched director of a play that is about to go on in spite of the difficulties presented by its highly eccentric yet lovable cast.