The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC)
Open run 2h 0m
The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC)
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The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(2550 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever, Great staging

About the Show

This Tony Award winning farce portrays the doomed opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor.

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891 Reviews | 259 Followers
89
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you enjoy absurd, slapstick humor - here to the max by a talented cast on a set that never stops surprising - a tv variety skit on steroids.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy constant verbal and physical humor at the speed of light that revolves around the mystery of two deaths.

466 Reviews | 237 Followers
88
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A fun family play for all ages with bundles of laughs.

Don't see it if If you prefer a drama then skip this one.

459 Reviews | 116 Followers
80
Semi-immersive, Fluffy, Great set, Great acting, Slapstick

See it if you enjoy slapstick and immersive shows

Don't see it if slapstick comedy doesn't rock your world Read more

473 Reviews | 68 Followers
81
Funny, Entertaining

See it if Physical and odd ball comedy throughout a who-done-it murder mystery. Staging effects are great.

Don't see it if Not a special story, more about the situational physical comedy jokes. 2 hours; 1 intermission. Read more

414 Reviews | 59 Followers
90
Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like to laugh. Although I enjoy a good comedy, I rarely laugh out loud in the theater, but at this play, I did it in abundance.

Don't see it if you only like dramas and musicals. Otherwise, don't miss this one.

366 Reviews | 92 Followers
95
Unrelenting humor, Exceptional setting and direction, Totally refreshing and delightful, Terrific ensemble cast, Laugh-out-loud funny

See it if You’re up for two hours of unexpected non-stop laughter. An excellent cast brilliantly executing the sharpest physical comedy with fine wit.

Don't see it if You dislike farce, sophisticated slapstick or are simply unable to let go of the world and woes outside the theatre walls. Even then—go. Read more

345 Reviews | 78 Followers
82
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Just plain silly good fun. I laughed more than I expected to. It's all predictable but better for it. All the physical humor in the world.

Don't see it if Wish I could go back in time and see this with five ten year old boys--- that would be a blast!

306 Reviews | 157 Followers
85
Must see, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if A well-directed,staged&performed physical comedy that is brilliantly woven into a 1920 murder mystery.Delightfully clever&funny,something*

Don't see it if At times the actors didn't pause x laughing&I was unable to hear the line that followed. The audience didn't seem to mind. Read more

Critic Reviews (77)

Front Row Center
December 8th, 2021

"It’s official. We can laugh again. Time to go see The Play That Goes Wrong. Director Matt DiCarlo has let the cast loose on this wonderful farce with but one instruction: go for it. No laugh remains un-milked; no scene un-stolen; no wink un-winked. Not even the furniture is safe. At the zoo they tell you not to feed the animals, but for the actors of The Cornley University Drama Society, it is just the opposite. A steady diet of laughter and applause facilitates the breeding program. Thus the gags have gags, and double takes have given birth to triplets."
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The New York Times
April 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"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."
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Time Out New York
April 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"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?"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"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."
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New Yorker
April 6th, 2017
For a previous production

"An intricately planned fiasco...It takes incredible skill to pull off such bungling, and Mark Bell’s production nails every spit take and sight gag...Where Frayn went for three dimensions, Mischief Theatre settles for two—but that’s enough to sustain both acts, just barely. The show is pure comedic eye candy, and technically flawless. It’s closer to synchronized swimming or fight choreography than to its more contemplative theatrical cousins, revealing almost nothing about the human condition."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"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."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"An immersive, hilarious evening...Admittedly, two hours of nonstop pandemonium gets exhausting, and even with the intriguing character development (or degeneration), the curtain comes as a bit of a relief. (You can only cringe so many times before getting a cramp.) But on the whole, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is just right: A ridiculously entertaining disaster."
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Variety
April 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"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."
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