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

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


“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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"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

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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Clever, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy belly-laughter at performances given by a masterful cast (and set design!)

Don't see it if You prefer "serious" drama and storytelling, or if slightly slapstick comedy is not entertaining to you.

Ambitious, Masterful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you really want a good hearty laugh, you love British humour and wholesome slapstick with fantastically trained actors

Don't see it if you want something serious, you want 'proper' acting with a 'proper' story

Also I got tired after laughing so much in Act 1 and some people may find t... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy slapstick comedy and lightening actions on stage

Don't see it if slapstick comedy is not your thing

Funny, Delightful, Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Like slapstick, British humor, farce and funny plays without deep meaning. Want a fun night out at the theater

Don't see it if Don't like farce, want to see a musical. Only like deep meaningful plays. Dislike British shows

Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you need a good laugh (who doesn't these days). I'm talking non-stop laugh out loud craziness.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy physical comedy.

Funny, Entertaining, Fun, Great staging, Redundant

See it if you enjoy well-done slapstick comedy; this is that.

Don't see it if you need substance in the plot; there is intentionally none here. The only goal here is to make you laugh at the onstage antics, & you will.

Funny, Great acting, Indulgent, Great staging, Long/bloated

See it if you've ever done or loved theatre - this will feel familiar! If you like slapstick or have a good ear for Duran Duran. Enjoy British humour.

Don't see it if you're over slapstick, you want to see a drama, if British humour is really not for you, or if you roll your eyes when things get silly

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like slap-slick comedy. Clumsy actions/humorous events that are repeated and stacked upon one another. You've been in live performance.

Don't see it if You are bored with slap-stick. You want to see a play with depth. You don't like British comedy. You are not a live theater person.

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You're looking for a fun night out with laughs every minute, brilliant physical and comedic actors, and a brilliant concept.

Don't see it if You're looking for something a little more on the serious side, or more clever comedy (verbal comedy);

Funny, Clever, Masterful, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You are ready to laugh for two hours at a wild and wacky show.

Don't see it if British humor and slapstick are not your favorite.

Also Have not laughed this hard since "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" with Nat... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you're looking for a play that will make you laugh non-stop for two hours

Don't see it if you're looking for a deep or serious play

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Great staging

See it if You like farce. This play is Noises off meets Agatha Christie. The set is one of the stars of the show

Don't see it if You are not a fan of farce or slapstick comedy

Dizzying, Disappointing, Insipid, Unfunny, Slap stick

See it if you enjoy broad humor of the sort the Brits do well, like Monty Python without the humor.

Don't see it if you require a bit of substance to your humor, like Monty Python. I left at the interval with a headache.

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

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want a fun, light-hearted night at the theatre. Great for families! Set is fantastic, and the writing is SO clever. A hilarious romp!

Don't see it if you don't like the play-within-a-play trope, or think "bad" acting (on purpose) isn't funny. It also might be too cheesy for some.

Also If you're in the business, you NEED to see this show. The writing is a... 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, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want a light, funny show with a lot of physical comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously

Don't see it if you're not a big fan of physical comedy, or want a story you can engage with

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.

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