You know you're in for some old-time farce when the girls are stripped to their knickers and the old men are dropping their pants. That's what happens in Nothing On, the inane play within the real play Noises Off! currently at Rice University. Michael Frayn's wacky homage to the shenanigans happening in the backstage world of the theater is full of silliness. The 1982 British script follows a hapless cast as they muddle their way first through a horrible dress rehearsal full of missed cues and mistaken lines all the way to the end of the ten-week run. Along the way there are lots of personal problems, including a woeful love triangle. Many of these troubles get worked out while the actors are onstage, often to hilariously catastrophic ends. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through November 21. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-7529 or visit www.rice.edu. $5 to $10.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 14. Continues through Nov. 21, 2010