The first time I saw Noises Off was in the movie I rented for the community-based theater guild that I was affiliated back in the 90's. This story was our reference about the do's and don'ts in a theater performance.
The cast line up for the Repertory Phils.' production of Noises Off is well selected. What I didn't know was that Gerard Sison, known for his cosplaying the late Christopher Reeve's Superman, is also a part of Repertory and makes his comeback for the role Frederick Fellowes which was also played by Reeve in the movie. It was too much for a coincidence because Gerard is a spitting image of Christopher Reeve that I later found out that it was a suggestion by another actor.
Unlike the movie, it doesn't have a feeling that you are inside the stage so I prefer watching it in a real theater performance because the audience need to interact with the play in a third-person as well as first-person perspective. The humor is also smart comedy with slapstick so it is not for kids to understand.
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