REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Play That Goes Wrong” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Apr 3, 2017
“The Play That Goes Wrong,” written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, and directed by Mark Bell, opened on April  2, 2017 in New York City. “The Play That Goes Wrong,” written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, and directed by Mark Bell, opened on April 2, 2017 in New York City.


30 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 74.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65
"My reactions ranged between thinking this play was exhaustingly funny to finding it just plain exhausting...Everything is pitched so aggressively, you wind up feeling as battered as the ensemble. I propose putting your rational mind into sleep mode, the better to savor tickling images of order-inverting bizarreness, straight out of Dada, in which suddenly nothing is in its customary place or being used for its customary purpose. There's a wild, redeeming poetry in such anarchy."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 80
"This is a planned demolition (and an exceedingly well-executed one at that)...We wonder how on earth the performers are going to sustain this level of lunacy. Remarkably, they do...Their comic timing is so precise you can't help but laugh. Their pratfalls are so real, you can't help but gasp...'The Play That Goes Wrong' isn't a brilliant comedy, but you're going to laugh anyway. This is two hours of unapologetic, stupid fun, buoyed along by a cast of ultra-committed performers."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"Depending on your tolerance for ceaseless slapstick, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' will either have you rolling in the aisles or rolling your eyes. It is certainly a marvel of coordination: The imported British cast deftly navigates the pitfalls of Nigel Hook’s ingeniously tumbledown set, and overacts with relish...But you may find it rather exhausting...It struggles to sustain interest in its series of absurdly unfortunate events. The show must go on, yes, but must it go on quite so long?"

“The Play That Goes Wrong” was also reviewed by Isabella Biedenharn of Entertainment Weekly, Kev Berry of Exeunt Magazine, Thom Geier of The Wrap, Gabriella Steinberg of Theatre is Easy, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Rizzo of Variety, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 294 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging

Theatre Reviews, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You're looking for an engaging comedy with an abundance of laughs, a talented ensemble, and great comedic timing—a light and fun show." 
Don't see it if…"You want to see a show with heavy subject matter or thought-provoking writing. You dislike farce and plays like 'Noises Off.'"
TheaterGuy, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You're looking for a very (VERY) light day/evening of theater where you don't have to think and can let your cares go!" 
Don't see it if…"You want a deep, meaningful play. This is all fun, but a little bit goes a long way so the joke does get old after a while."
EAS, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You're in the mood for precisely staged pratfalls executed by a skilled troupe of actors who really seem to give it their all for a laugh or ten." 
Don't see it if…"Crass, 'crude' physical humor isn't your cup of tea." 

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