Noises Off: Few things get an audience laughing like a door-slamming, plate-dropping, pants-falling farce. Perhaps that's because the genre evokes the barely controlled chaos of everyday life, allowing theatergoers to guffaw at other people who are struggling to hold things together. Since its 1982 premiere, "Noises Off" has stood as a particularly riotous example of the genre. A revival of the Michael Frayn comedy proved cathartic in New York after the Sept. 11 attacks. With her high-pitched voice and gift for dotty behavior, Jane Carr leads the cast effort. Director Richard Seyd keeps proceedings flying along at runaway-train speed.
Ends Sunday at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-7529.