RED OAK — If you believe laughter is truly the best medicine, Red Oak Hawk Theatre's "Noises Off" is not a show to miss.

New York Times critic Frank Rich once called the play “the funniest play written in my lifetime, ” and Red Oak students will bring that humor to the Red Oak High School Performing Arts Center Stage on Nov. 2.

"It’s a hilarious comedy that centers on the mishaps of an ill-fated Theatre troupe as they attempt to perform and make it through a disastrous play," reads the ROHS announcement.

The play is written by Michael Frayn, who was inspired while he watched a show from the wings of the stage and decided what he saw backstage was actually funnier than what was being performed onstage. It has been nominated for several Tony Awards including Best Play and has had a loyal following since it premiered on Broadway in 1983.

Noises Off was brought to the big screen in 1992 and starred Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, and John Ritter. This three-act comedy is filled with intrigue, missed cues, misunderstandings, romance, slamming doors and a very ominous tray of sardines. With a hilarious look at theatre Noises Off indeed supports the old adage, “the show must go on."

The play is directed by Red Oak High School Associate Director Lindsay Rigney and runs Nov. 2 — 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door or online at