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My longtime roommate and good friend, Kristin, introduced me to Noises Off many years ago. The movie—starring Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, John Ritter, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner, and Nicollette Sheridan—quickly became one of my favorites.  Originally a British play, the comedy is about a traveling theater troupe that’s falling apart, due to inter-cast romances and bizarre professional quirks.  You see them perform the same act of a play three times—each getting progressively worse as they continue on their tour.  It is absolutely hilarious.  And filled with so many great lines.  I think I quote this movie once a day.

Anyway, for “thing” number twenty-four, I went to see the theater production of Noises Off by Walnut Creek’s Center Rep (pictured above).  It was fantastic—definitely on par with the film and much better than the other two theater productions I’ve seen in recent years.  Plus, their set (which must rotate, as act two is the backstage view of the play) is exquisite.  If you’re in the Bay Area, check it out.  And if not, put Noises Off in your Netflix queue

“Lucky I can’t see far with this leg!”

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