The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC)
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The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC)
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The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(2234 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
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Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging

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

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706 Reviews | 200 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.

302 Reviews | 83 Followers
96
Refreshing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love vaudeville, slapstick, physical comedy, “Mousetrap” style Victorian British mystery, parody, and an evening of no identity politics

Don't see it if you lack patience to sit through slow, banal, sometimes tedious first scenes to reach energetic, fast paced, hilarious overacting and action Read more

275 Reviews | 62 Followers
91
Hilarious, Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like slapstick & physical humor; enjoy laughing; don't mind "campy" shows & especially if you've ever done any acting yourself.

Don't see it if You prefer dramas and/or musicals, dislike slapstick.

225 Reviews | 59 Followers
90
Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if On the recommendation of a dear friend of mine I finally saw this wonderful comedy. Great slapstick comedy, great timing and a wonderful set

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick comedy and just to laugh out loud for a good two hours.

247 Reviews | 40 Followers
95
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you want to laugh continuously throughout a show. I saw this 3 times and might even see it again.

Don't see it if If you like dramas and don't want to laugh.

245 Reviews | 37 Followers
78
Hilarious, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you like British murder mystery spoofs. If you want to laugh again and again and if you like physical humor.

Don't see it if You don’t like murder mysteries or spoofs.

193 Reviews | 80 Followers
95
Hilarious, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You like farce, slapstick comedy, farce, Noises Off, college theater, slapstick - if you have a broad sense of humor.

Don't see it if You don’t like English comedy, or farce, or slapstick. You only like serious drama. Read more

166 Reviews | 33 Followers
79
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a night of fun, laughter and entertainment.

Don't see it if You really think you are seeing a serious play!

Critic Reviews (77)

BroadwayWorld
February 21st, 2019

"Forgoing pesky details like plot and character development, the two-act evening of visual gags - many worthy of a Mack Sennett silent - pieced together by bits of verbal silliness is one of those endeavors that charges onto the stage as a force of choreographed chaos...This reviewer found his enjoyment coming primarily from an appreciation of the comedic skills on display, rather than from the piece itself."
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New York Stage Review
February 20th, 2019

“In this Henry Lewis-Jonathan Sayer-Henry Shields comedy where everything that can go wrong absolutely does, the result is one of the most laugh-filled works that has ever jollied a stage...The troupe of actors are not simply good; they’re gallant to the point where they should be getting hazard pay...Special mention goes to Johnson’s original sound design and to Falconer’s original music, which is everything the music to a thriller.”
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New York Stage Review
February 20th, 2019

“The rickety amateur-theatrical scenery is even more rickety than before; shoehorned onto a considerably smaller stage...The cast is new...The present troupe is more than satisfactory...'The Play That Goes Wrong’ still proceeds like a well-oiled clock that doesn’t actually keep time. But it is not quite up to speed...This will come, sure; but they are not quite there, yet...Even so, the comedic fever pitch as ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ remains rambunctiously boisterous.”
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Theater News Online
February 20th, 2019

"If you're looking for a cure from the winter blues, a way to forget your personal troubles or just enjoy laughing until you're blue in the face for two hours, there can be little argument that 'The Play that Goes Wrong' has all the right stuff."
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Front Row Center
February 21st, 2019

"If it is cliché to say that a show has non-stop laughs, then this show is cliché in the extreme. If it is pat to say that this play lives up to its title, rarely have a talented crew of actors and technicians so seamlessly joined forces to make a ridiculously wrong piece of theater feel so very right...Director Matt DiCarlo, either a genius or a fool, pulls it all together with the nerves of a demolition expert handling a bomb with a dozen different triggers."
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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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DC Metro Theater Arts
February 20th, 2019

"Absolutely everything is right about the transfer...While 'non-stop laughs' has become something of a hackneyed soundbite, here it’s a 100% accurate appraisal of this hysterically-funny British farce of the highest order; literally not a minute goes by in which the audience – myself included – isn’t howling, from before the show officially begins until the final bows."
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Scene on Stage
February 20th, 2019

“Everything that was funny during its nearly two-year run in the Lyceum Theatre is just as funny...The difference is a subtle pickup in how the audience relates to the characters. For me it became personal, akin to cheering-on a perpetually losing team. But a ton more fun...The new cast is American, and...are as adept at the comedic turns of phrase and physical antics as were their forebears...It remains a master class in comic invention and execution."
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