Theater can be hilarious. If you’ve never laughed out loud while watching a play, then you’ve been watching too many tragedies and not enough comedies. Here’s your chance to see how fun theater can be – Michael Frayn’s NOISES OFF is currently at A Noise Within, in Pasadena, being an audience favorite that delights with its perfectly timed all-around silliness. Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott direct this play-within-a-play that shows you how chaos can turn out to be really funny.

NOISES OFF presents a theater company readying itself for the world premiere of a new production. Unfortunately, the cast and the crew are more interested in their personal drama than in the show they’re trying to put on the stage. As the production progresses, their play falls apart, and the best part is that you get to watch it all. This is a show filled with physical comedy, quick banter, and amazing timing. You have never seen doors open and close at such speed before!

Rafael Goldstein reprises his role as Tim Algood, Apollo Dukakis is Selsdon Mowbray, Geoff Elliott is Lloyd Dallas, Jill Hill is Belinda Blair, Erika Soto is Poppy Norton-Taylor, Emily Kosloski is Brooke Ashton, Jeremy Rabb is Frederick Fellows, Kasey Mahaffy is a fabulously hilarious Garry Lejeune, and Deborah Strang is Dotty Otley. They are all on point. They have done this show before in front of sold out audiences, and you’ll need to see it to understand its popularity.

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Kasey Mahaffy and Deborah Strang. Credit: Craig Schwartz

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Tickets for Noises Off start at $25 and are available at anoisewithin.org, at 626-356-3121, and at the box office located at 3352 East Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena, CA 91107.

If you want to see it at a great price, take advantage of the “Pay What You Can” performances scheduled for May 30th and June 6th, both at 7:30 pm, when tickets will go on sale at the Box Office at 2 pm (cash only; limit two tickets per person; suggested donation is $10).

The show is two hours and thirty minutes long, including two intermissions. It will perform through June 9.

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