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The Play That Goes Wrong

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The 2015 Olivier Award winner for Best New Comedy arrives on Broadway. Welcome to the absolutely disastrous opening night of Cornley University Drama Society’s new show, 'The Murder at Haversham Manor.'

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This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a Broadway show: a ramshackle set, a leading lady with a concussion, and a corpse that can't play dead. Direct from its hit London run, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is a celebration of the best of live theater…and the worst.

 
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65
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

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Broadway News

"With its relentless working of a handful of hoary gags, it amply proved that the law of diminishing returns applies to the mechanics of farce perhaps more than it does to any other theatrical genre...The actors and the director certainly deserve commendation for the precision of the physical comedy...Long before the red herrings had been sorted out I came to feel that it wasn’t just the play-within-the-play that was going wrong, but the whole exhausting, exhausted conceit." Full Review

80
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

75
BroadwayWorld

"So many jabs to the funny bone that even if only a third of them strike properly you're in for a sufficient number of laughs...While the cast members expertly pull off their madness with crack timing, the star of the show turns out to be set designer Hook...While there are plenty of laughs to be had, the enjoyment comes primarily from an appreciation of the comedic skills on display. A bit of empathy-inducing playwriting might elevate the show to something beyond a long, albeit amusing, skit." Full Review

60
Time Out New York

"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?" Full Review

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NY1

“A machine that grinds out laugh after laugh…Technically, the orchestration of sight gags and slapstick on Nigel Hook's brilliantly rigged set is highly impressive. But is it actually, y'know, funny? As a lover of British humor...I have to say that an hour of this stunt is plenty for me. Cumulatively, it's farce on steroids, without any brains. I'd be lying to say I laughed as much as the people around me. Glad they had a good time. Me, I need a little substance to ground the guffaws.” Full Review

55
The Hollywood Reporter

"The show bears no small debt to Frayn’s classic farce, 'Noises Off,' but it pales by comparison...This effort is pure slapstick from first moment to last, and wears very thin over a two hour-plus running time...The production certainly fulfills its modest creative aspirations...There’s no paucity of wit to the proceedings, and Bell stages the action with clockwork precision...But for all the strenuous effort involved, the repetitive show evaporates in your mind the moment it concludes." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"The Laugh-o-Meter that the producers rigged up at the back of the house spontaneously combusted. Or maybe there was no such thing; but if so, they need not replace it. Four minutes in, there’s so much laughter going on that any device set to register it is sure to go bust...What we discover is that what’s hilarious in London is every bit as hilarious across the pond. Which is not, alas, always the case...All told, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' goes uproariously right." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"Little more than a procession of gags, sometimes executed with tremendous dexterity, but most of them unconnected to anything resembling reality. They are gags for gags' sake...The pace is so relentless and the absence of anything but gags, gags, gags quickly wore out its welcome...If you don't find the first ten minutes amusing, settle in for a long night. If you find yourself laughing early on, you've come to the right place." Full Review

45
DC Theatre Scene

"A silly slapstick backstage farce that has improbably opened on Broadway...Its silliness is relentless, beginning before all the playgoers have even taken our seats...The running jokes are repeated with what I suppose is intended as mounting hilarity, although some might see it as diminishing returns. 'The Play That Goes Wrong' could just as easily have had a running time of 20 minutes as two hours, without losing anything essential." Full Review

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Variety

"Under the go-for-broke direction of Mark Bell, its high-energy cast is comic gold and manages to sustain, with a never-ending series of diversionary tactics, its one-joke concept...It’s more lowbrow, interested in the gag and shameless in how it gets it: sometimes incredibly inventively, but sometimes going for the low-hanging fruit...Though it could benefit from some cutting, the production is an idiot’s delight...But it takes a while before the laughs come at full speed." Full Review

75
Theater Life

"Two hours of hilarity...You would think this one-joke premise would run out steam after an hour, but Mark Bell’s breakneck staging keeps the guffaws building as the play-within-a-play keeps deteriorating. The English company is an inspired lot of buffoons...'The Play That Goes Wrong' is marvelously right with English visitors giving us Americans a welcome break." Full Review

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Front Row Center

"Go see this play. There is NOTHING wrong with 'The Play That Goes Wrong.' Unless you've got something against laughing...My only quibbles with this production are that the last ten minutes or so happen so fast with so much falling apart on the stage that the intricate and hilarious story dissolves, along with everything else, before our eyes. What should have been fireworks is more like a fizzle...Nevertheless–get thee thither. Trust me. You need this much laughing." Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"It’s so ridiculous it makes you feel almost ashamed to love it...The tumble from slapstick into absurdity is the best part of 'The Play That Goes Wrong'...Not that the stage tricks aren’t fun...But those tricks and carefully rehearsed ineptitudes are not, in the end, deeply satisfying, however well achieved they are...Though they let too much air out of the concept, shriveling somewhat its effectiveness and diminishing its buoyancy, I laughed at all of those things." Full Review

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Broadway Blog

“This is a show you can laugh, chuckle, giggle, chortle, snicker, guffaw, hoot, titter, and roar at as a farcical illustration of Murphy's Law...Under Mark Bell's inspired staging, everything works to make it seem like nothing's working, including a truly remarkable set...A good reason the havoc works is the sangfroid with which the...mummers play their idiotic characters...as they advance in perpetual combat with walls, windows, floor boards, pillars, doors, heads, and props.” Full Review

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The Huffington Post

“It’s 'Noises Off’ without the clever bits. Still, one does giggle a little and full credit to actors Lewis, Sayer and Shields for conceiving this show, writing and starring in it...It simply isn’t funny to have sets fall down…You need characters who seem aware of the disaster they’re in and are trying to figure a way out of the mess…All we get are punch lines with no setup…It’s not rooted in anything...Not always, mind you—sometimes real characters of a sort appear, almost as if by accident.” Full Review

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Talkin' Broadway

"It's very funny, with more gags per minute than any new comedy in recent memory...There's no way not to laugh, almost continuously, at the spectacle of silliness unfolding before you...For all this, though, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' stops well short of hilarious. Even if, like me, you enjoy the nonstop antics across the two hours of playing time, you may find yourself frustrated by how shallow it all is...It's not enough to result in an evening that's satisfying, let alone coherent." Full Review

90
AM New York

"'The Play That Goes Wrong' is a nonstop, intensifying rush in which the murder mystery is performed from beginning to end...It is strangely inspiring how this inept but well-meaning troupe keeps plowing through the script. As directed by Mark Bell, all of these obstacles are meticulously staged. The eight performers have individual personalities but come together to form a tight ensemble well-disciplined in the art of being hilariously bad." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"The curtain rises and things go awry...It’s the stuff that makes for a funny 10-minute skit...Unfortunately, there’s another hour-and-a-half to go in this show. That’s a lot of time to spend trying to grin and bear it...The Mischief Theatre has a game cast that will try anything for a chuckle...But along the way they forsake the fact that comedy requires logic...A comedy that comes up short with laughs and overstays its welcome—now that’s murder." Full Review

90
Times Square Chronicles

“Expect pratfalls galore, sight gags and a set that is timed for disaster by Nigel Hook, who will most definitely be nominated for a Tony Award…This whacked-out company of actors will have you laughing for almost two hours and, though each is superb, another Tony nod will go to Dave Hearn who steals the show just by being so amazingly super hyped to be there…This play may have gone wrong but when it does, it comes out deliriously right." Full Review

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Deadline

"It’s funny. Sometimes it’s very, very funny, though you have to keep the faith through an almost appallingly tin-eared and flat-footed first act to get to the good stuff...An overabundance of non-sensical sight gags, slow burns, pratfalls, missed cues, wink-winks and the like dull the viewer’s senses and drag out a sophomoric sketch that would be sharper and funnier at an intermissionless 80 minutes. On the other hand...'The Play That Went Wrong' aspires to no higher goal than escapism." Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

"'The Play That Goes Wrong' goes wrong so many times, in such mellifluous ways, and with such far-gone commitment to physical comedy...The rare farce with actual worth. A farce that bucks you up by reminding you of the great human capacity for resilience...The exceptional direction of the piece, by Mark Bell, embraces risk and danger to an extraordinary extent. That means 'The Play That Goes Wrong' never seems safe or comfortable in its own skin." Full Review

85
Theatre Reviews Limited

"Under Mark Bell’s direction, the ensemble cast delivers a high-energy, brilliantly acted farce that celebrates the magic of the theatre by highlighting its foibles—a resplendent conception concocted by writers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields...A gift to audience members: two hours to let their guard down and allow themselves to laugh again...Your brain will thank you for the resplendent release of endorphins and the boost in happiness and well-being." Full Review

85
Newsday

"Finds the line that separates the annoying and stupid from the I-can’t-believe-I’m-laughing-at-this brilliance. And when the company hits that line, which it does over and over, resistance is ultimately futile...Although Mark Bell is the real director, he should get a special Tony for best choreography in a nonmusical. The physical comedy demands stopwatch precision to make the cumulative antics, not just pratfalls and spit-takes, work without hurting the real actors." Full Review

84
Front Mezz Junkies

"Without a dull unfunny moment in this two-hour production, I’d say it’s quite an achievement, one that even on second viewing kept me laughing from the first second to the last...It takes a lot of talent to be this bad and act terribly so well, and these troupe members mess up, fall down, get their lines out of sync, and ride this disaster out to the end, miraculously...If this is failing, then it’s the best failure I’ve seen on stage since the madcap 'Noises Off' last year at the Roundabout." Full Review

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75
Ambitious, Great acting, Predictable, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want a good laugh. This show is just traditional slapstick comedy, which is great if you like that! Actors are very dedicated.

Don't see it if you don't like slapstick or physical comedy. Or if you want a comedy that's not as apparently funny

72
Funny, Monotonous

See it if This was ROTFL for the first half-hour or so, but repetitious return to the same slapstick jokes over and over again somewhat muted ...

Don't see it if my guffaw factor over the unnecessarily long evening; 80 minutes of this with no intermission would be the right serving of knee slappers.

84
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Insipid, Entertaining

See it if You want to HOWL!!! If you like Brit slapstick you're in for a treat.

Don't see it if You've outgrown the Three Stooges! Very silly!

50
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You enjoy nonsensical clown skits.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy slapstick comedy.

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if convulsively uproarious!Performed in an excited, and chaotic way,this sidesplitting farce is a must see.Funniest play on Broadway right now!

Don't see it if .....if you don't like to laugh.

81
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy pratfall comedy masterfully carried out by a talented cast with amazing timing enacted on a set that boggles the mind. Pure fun.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy zany comedy or what a serious drama.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like broad British humor. This is a physical farce about a theater production with falling sets and stupid actors. Very funny.

Don't see it if You want something intellectually stimulating or with an intelligent plot. This is pure, silly entertainment, fit for the whole family.

90
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy slap-stick, have ever seen a show that goes wrong, or just want a good laugh.

Don't see it if You only like "serious" theatre or you don't want the 4th wall broken.

92
Clever, Hilarious, Great staging, Wonderful company of actors, Non-stop hysteria

See it if You agree that laughter's good for the soul + want to stockpile a years worth in about 2 hours. Absolutely nothing "Wrong" about this at all

Don't see it if U have no sense of humor, Think you've seen it all (you haven't). Not a fan of knock down, slip on a banana peel type go for broke laughs.

Also My kids saw this and they see a LOT of Broadway and it came highly rec... Read more Read less

94
Funny, Dizzying, Entertaining, Brilliant acting and directing!

See it if I loved it. Great acting, amazing sound and special effects. It's also good family fun.

Don't see it if you want a drama. It's just great fun.

92
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You can! This show perfectly executes a literal interpretation of everything that could humanly possibly go wrong on stage (hilariously)!

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of slapstick humor (this is very family friendly monty python but with 1 story for 2 hours).

96
Funny, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want a hilarious night out on Broadway. I haven't laughed so hard in years! The whole production was incredible.

Don't see it if You don't like funny, British shows in the vein of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers.

85
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like a quirky, over the top comedy

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick humor

95
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want to hours of non-stop laughter.

Don't see it if if you don't like to laugh. Even if it may be too "low" comedy for some...one has to respect the timing it takes to execute this show.

88
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Must see, Quirky

See it if you enjoy slapstick comedy that leaves you feeling very satisfied.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slapstick over the top comedy. No reason to other than that.

Also I have to admit I saw the London cast, but knowing this is the exact s... Read more Read less

94
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to laugh at a very clever comedy and check your cares at the door. So refreshing.

Don't see it if You are unable to check your cares at the door and if you can't... if feel sorry for you. Go see this production! Best play this season!.

84
Funny, Dizzying, Great staging, Fluffy, Amazing set

See it if you enjoy physical comedy, farce, slapstick. If you want to laugh and not have to think too much. Perfect split second timing, great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like this kind of comedy. Very well done but not for everybody. It felt a bit long, some jokes were repetitious but overall fun.

88
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if Remarkable talent from cast unknown to NYCers mine verbal and physical comedy to produce multiple belly laughs and delight, THE SET!!!

Don't see it if Some jokes and pratfalls will be obvious and fall flat in a show dependent upon it from start to finish; lack of "stars" in cast

100
Delightful, Dizzying, Masterful, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you love Farce! Incredibly funny cast and script in a high-energy show that will keep you laughing from start to finish. And that SET!

Don't see it if you don't like farce, comedic stage violence, or British accents. It's wonderful, and priced so that you can go again (I've been twice!).

72
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a simple comedy with predictable moments that will have you laughing from beginning to end.

Don't see it if you are looking for a well developed plot or dislike slap-stick comedies.

75
Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you enjoy slapstick British farce, well done with good timing. Occasionally a bit overdone.

Don't see it if physical comedy and outright silliness is not your bag.

Also A remedy, respite from from the ills of the world today, mindless come... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Delightful, Edgy, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You want an evening of side splitting slapstick humor. A pleasant surprise

Don't see it if You're not into enjoying a "no brained" play that keeps you laughing

80
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like to laugh a lot. This play is pure slapstick comedy. The cast has no dignity which only adds to the fun!

Don't see it if you prefer sophisticated comedy, or satire. There is nothing subtle about this comedy about a play that goes wrong--a lot!

76
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Silly, Well executed

See it if you like slapstick and want to laugh.

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious.

76
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to laugh or be entertained by a lot of physical comedy and simple humor. The tech is pretty impressive but that's about it

Don't see it if You want a thought provoking play. because the audience was laughing so hard (too hard i thought) it was difficult to even hear the actors