Members say: Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging

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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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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

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


"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


"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

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

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

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


"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


“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 they advance in perpetual combat with walls, windows, floor boards, pillars, doors, heads, and props.” Full Review

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

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

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

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


"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

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

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

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

The Huffington Post

"There’s really tons of fun in this show for people of all ages, interests, and senses of humor...You’ll marvel at how well this cast can sell you on bad acting, which takes incredibly good acting to pull off...The real director of the show, Mark Bell, does a masterful job getting to the root of what drives each of these characters to rise to the spotlight and ultimately to fall in their efforts to meet expectations...What an achievement to pull it off so well, and so consistently." Full Review

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Funny, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if The perfect combination of a physical comedy and a murder mystery with an insanely talented cast.

Don't see it if The jokes are obvious but the execution is so on point that even harden of critics would laugh more than once while having a good time.

Clever, Well acted, Great staging

See it if You like an attempt at screwball theater. Don't mind sight gags trumping logic or understanding of diction.

Don't see it if You think it will be as good as Noises Off. Your tolerance for obvious visual humor is low.

Fun, Silly, British, Chaotic, Farce

See it if you love British farce.

Don't see it if you are seeking a totally memorable, transformative night of theatre.

Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Great staging, Slapstick

See it if you enjoy continuous slapstick comedy with anything-that-can-happen theatrical disasters all happening in the same show. Talented cast.

Don't see it if you're not into silly, absurdist slapstick comedy from start to finish or you're expecting more than goofy, fun humor in a whodunit "plot".

Also Although I am not generally a fan of slapstick humor, this show is abs... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever

See it if You like English slapstick.

Don't see it if You want a sow that is more than amusing

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you like English broad comedy with a slap stick quality.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more intellectual comedy style.

Also I finally saw this and wasn’t disappointed. I enjoy the English style ... Read more Read less

Perfectly silly, Laugh out loud physical comedy, Total indulgence

See it if I dare you not to laugh even if you profess to dislike outright farce. Sight gags follow puns follow obvious miscommunication, all genially

Don't see it if Presented. Not as clever as Noises Off or as mad as Spamalot but it's a never mean-spirited, energetic, very English inanity.

Funny, Ambitious, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you like slapstick type comedy and physical humor. Many humorous parts. the audience seemed to like it. Like a Carol Burnett sketch.

Don't see it if Pratfalls and silliness are not what you are looking for in a play. The title says it all. Anything that can go wrong does so and frequently

Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Farce in the tradition of Noises Off with terrific ensemble and creative staging with set that self-destructs; Fun enjoyable night at theate

Don't see it if You don’t like madcap farce riffing off English manor murder mystery a la Agatha Christie that is relentless and heavy on physical comedy

Masterful, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if See it if you like to laugh. The best show I ever experienced.

Don't see it if N/A.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if if you need a good laugh and want to be entertained. Great cast. FYI there's a preshow.

Don't see it if while the errors were entertaining throughout there were times where it was a little too much, less comedic errors would improve the quality

Clever, Cliched, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want a fun night at the theater, like broad comedy, don’t have expectations of greatness, or don’t mind if it all feels familiar.

Don't see it if You’ve seen Noises Off. The comparison will come quickly, and this is not the superior show. Or, if you want a night of serious theater.

Funny, Clever, Silly

See it if you want a sometimes slapstick, but mostly humorous, evening poking fun at theater. Stunt coordination is very well done.

Don't see it if you don't like physical humor.

Funny, Delightful, Great staging

See it if wonderful, mindless slapstick comedy.

Don't see it if This is not a serious, deep thinking show.

Clever, Delightful, Inventive, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You love farce, slapstick and physical comedy taken to a surprising extreme, managing to be original in its audaciosness

Don't see it if You dislike farce, expect elaborate character development, turned off by theatrical cliches even though they are used to hysterical effect

Funny, Overrated, Slow, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like to see a train wreck that wrecked on purpose.

Don't see it if You get bored when the same joke is played over and over. Long and short: it's a professional production pretending to be bad amateurs.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like physical comedy. Very well done and amusing but a bit long for what it is. Actors did a great job and their timing was first rate

Don't see it if You’re expectating more than an entertaining evening.

Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You want to laugh and have a great time

Don't see it if Do not see if you have funny bone

Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if You LOVE farce and theater and both

Don't see it if You don't like the above. No, but really if you hate frustration comedy and pratfalls, stay away. This is NOT for you.

Funny, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Slapstick

See it if you want to laugh out loud and forget all your problems.

Don't see it if you don't want to laugh and forget your problems.

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Fluffy

See it if Slapstick calamity building to the annihilation of cast/crew/setting is your idea of lowbrow fun. Obvious, silly and good fun for any age.

Don't see it if At B'way prices a show must be literate, moral and true. The play is a lengthy sketch with many comic payoffs delivered by qualified fools.

Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you really want to have a nice time.

Don't see it if you want to see something dramatic and profound.

Also A classic comedy, it reminded me of a Charlie Chaplin movie. The scene... Read more Read less

Quirky, Great writing, Dated, Hilarious, Silly

See it if A nonstop silly slapstick comedy with a clever use of “staff” members. Effortlessly hilarious and quite easy to recommend to others.

Don't see it if Little depth with intentionally terrible acting and effects. Mystery isn’t too difficult

Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, These actors are fearless as they continue to doggedly complete a murder mystery with the whole world falling apart around them -literally!!

See it if If U have been in or seen a show where something unexpected goes wrong onstage but the actors ignore it & keep going -this is THAT show x100

Don't see it if Don't see if you can't tell the difference btwn what should be happening onstage & what should NEVER happen! Otherwise U'll miss the jokes!!

Also IF this is how funny the show is after the British cast left town, I c... Read more Read less

Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Entertaining, Redundant

See it if you like ridiculous physical comedy.

Don't see it if you are expecting a plot with an actual arc. It's the same schtick for 2 hours straight.

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