Best Play of the Past 12 Months - 2009
'Noises Off,' South Coast Repertory
Perhaps it was a bit lowbrow for a theater that has long prided itself on producing literate, sophisticated fare, but anyone who doubted that South Coast Rep (SCR) couldn't wallow in adrenalin-infused farce was schooled by this production. Directed by Art Manke and graced with a phenomenally talented ensemble, the show benefited from SCR's ample resources and top-drawer production values. In this troupe's capable hands, Michael Frayn's hilariously complicated script shone as the great piece of modern theatrical comedy it is.