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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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

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

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69
Funny, Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy repetitious slapstick. Good cast - zany play.

Don't see it if A farce is not what you were expecting.

80
Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like over the top physical comedy

Don't see it if If you are in the mood to see a serious play

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want a great laugh out loud comedy. As with any well-executed slapstick the technical execution is amazing.

Don't see it if you want to see a serious play.

73
Funny, Clever, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you love British humor, slapstick comedy, and unfortunate/hilarious mishaps.

Don't see it if you want something story driven or full of deep meaning.

90
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to laugh your face off and love farces!

Don't see it if you hate slapstick humor, can't understand British accents and are a fuddyduddy.

89
Clever, Hilarious, Great slapstick

See it if you want to get away from life and have a laugh.

Don't see it if you have to have a serious, thought -provoking show. This will only make you laugh.

76
Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging, Unique

See it if Relentless flood of site gags, prat falls, mayhem ... laughed myself hoarse. And suitable for the whole family.

Don't see it if you don't like knockabout physical comedy.

97
Intelligent, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy slapstick and want to be amazed at the timing of this hilarious farce. The performers were brilliant and full of energy.

Don't see it if If you find physical comedy boring and you don't like to laugh and participate with the fun

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Slapstick/Vaudeville entertain you? Wanna see good actors acting badly intentionally, a great night of laughing at pratfalls!!!

Don't see it if If you don't like Benny Hill type comedy then you are better off spending your money on a different show.

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want a delightful night out with awesome comedy.

Don't see it if you don't like quirky comedies.

Also I really enjoyed the show. The acting and timing of everything is impe... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Silly in a good way

See it if you want the most fun B'way has seen in years. Brilliantly staged. I was exhausted from laughing so hard.

Don't see it if you do not like slapstick or nonsensical comedy.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want to be in fits of laughter throughout - it is truly a farce. I was crying because I was laughing so much at parts.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward show - this play is very much a play within play that laughs with itself.

77
Slapstick, Silly, Family fun, Tourist bait, Crazy set

See it if You need a good-looking mindless laugh. Like slapstick, silly romps.

Don't see it if Are wanting depth or substance.

Also The actors are having a great time and watching the set dismantling is... Read more Read less

92
Funny, Dizzying, Must see, Hilarious, Farcical

See it if you want to see an absolutely hysterical, cleverly-staged, adeptly-acted farce about an amateur theatre troupe putting on a mystery play.

Don't see it if you're gonna be a stick-in-the-mud like Isherwood. It may be light entrtainment, but it's elevated by smart wordplay & great physical comedy

88
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Pure unadulterated farce appeals to you

Don't see it if You are not in the mood for silly

89
Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if very, very physical comedy about a theater production with nonstop pratfalls, high-energy; need laughter as therapy

Don't see it if you don't like physical comedy especially where it looks like the actors could really get hurt; you don't like Monty Python humor

Also Recently saw another one with physical comedy - The Government Inspect... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Clever, Great staging

See it if you want to have a good, brainless time and leave with a smile on your face

Don't see it if you need some substance--any substance--in your drama

Also This show was pretty consistently funny all the way through, but it on... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining

See it if you enjoy this old school type play. It is entertaining and enjoyable. I liked it.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor and don't enjoy theatre. You should try and see this.

90
Clever, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you love to laugh and watching people fall down - who doesn't love watching people fall down!

Don't see it if You're not into slapstick comedy - this wouldn't be for you.

80
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy slapstick humor and could use a good laugh.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a serious show.

81
Entertaining

See it if you need a simple, good laugh.

Don't see it if you're planning a post-show discussion with your date.

89
Great acting, Quirky, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a very well done farce, physical comedy, and British humor. The staging and set design are exceptional.

Don't see it if you aren't looking for a lighthearted romp. For me it took some time to get going but once it did the laughs were worth the wait.

62
Funny, Dizzying, Raunchy, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of British humor or want to see an incredible set design.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show that has a story. This is 2 hours of set falling apart and people crashing into doors.

70
Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love a good farce with fierce stunts

Don't see it if you prefer something more serious or traditional

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy physical comedy & like to laugh! The set is outstanding and pretty much falls apart every night.

Don't see it if you can't handle sight gags & actors looking like they are getting hurt!