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The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC)

From 76 critic and 1,876 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging

About the show

After a 2-year run on Broadway, the 2015 Olivier Award winner for Best New Comedy moves Off-Broadway. Welcome to the absolutely disastrous opening night of 'The Murder at Haversham Manor.' More…

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.



95
New York Stage Review

“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.” Full Review

95
Theater News Online

"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." Full Review

95
DC Metro Theater Arts

"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." Full Review

95
Scene on Stage

“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." Full Review

90
Front Row Center

"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." Full Review

90
Gotham Review NYC

“Hook’s brilliant scenic design is all part of the fun in this play...All of the actors were terrific. I thought the role played of Thomas Colleymoore was exceptional. Funny, deft and articulate, both he and the inspector were standouts. The exchanges between the two made ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ a great play...Slapstick comedy can get old very fast, here it doesn’t...The audience waits for the next guffaw and is never let down...This play is right on the mark.” Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

“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.” Full Review

75
BroadwayWorld

"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." Full Review

95
This Week in New York Blog

for a previous production “One of the funniest plays to hit Broadway in many a season…An uproarious madcap farce that leaves no stone unturned in its wildly inventive quest to celebrate the unpredictability of live theater with superbly choreographed ineptitude…The immensely talented troupe, clearly game for anything, are expert improvisers and marvelously adept at physical comedy…You might laugh so hard you’ll hurt yourself, which is not necessarily such a bad thing.” Full Review

95
TheaterScene.net

for a previous production “From its misprinted title on the Playbill program cover—which appears as if it had been erroneously offset by the printer—to its continual presentation of pratfalls and slapstick gags, ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is a sheer delight. It should not come as a surprise that three of the eight cast members (Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields) wrote this escapist and frivolous entertainment, which presents a trite murder mystery called ‘The Murder at Haversham Manor.’” Full Review

95
The Cultural Critic

for a previous production "’The Play That Goes Wrong’ isn't only funny, it is a masterful demonstration of craft. The writing and direction were in the same vein, tying a perfect and complex knot and knowing exactly how to untie everything…I have never laughed more or harder than when seeing ‘The Play That Goes Wrong.’ There were moments in which I couldn't find a moment to get a good breath in because I was too busy laughing." Full Review

95
On Stage Blog

for a previous production "I am genuinely worried about audiences who see 'The Play That Goes Wrong,' because it just might be the funniest show they'll ever see...The cast have perfected every bit of timing and dialogue this piece features...It's one of the very few shows I wouldn't mind seeing every night, from every single different seat, just to see everything that happens on stage...All in all, I couldn't recommend seeing this show any more." Full Review

90
Broadway Blog

for a previous production “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

90
Times Square Chronicles

for a previous production “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

90
AM New York

for a previous production "'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

90
Upstage-Downstage

for a previous production "Exquisitely timed, perfectly performed slapstick comedy...Clever as all get-out, without resorting to the kind of visible-seams cleverness that separates slapstick from classic farce, a form I admire but that rarely gets me laughing out loud...There is nothing arch about 'The Play That Goes Wrong,' no in-jokes that only a native Brit could appreciate. It's just damn funny...The real director, Mark Bell, and the rest of the company all deserve the highest praise for this glorious romp!" Full Review

90
Woman Around Town

for a previous production “Fasten your seat belts, audience, this is going to be a hysterical ride…Hearn is one of the great highlights of the production. He’s adorable, executes slapstick like a silent film pro, and responds with uproarious precision…Every move is accompanied by perfectly timed freezes as the cast registers and/or endures one disaster after another. Expressions are priceless…Fights are beautifully choreographed, elaborate pratfalls and saves worthy of Chaplin. Bravo director Bell...Go. It’s a tonic.” Full Review

90
Daily Beast

for a previous production "'The Play That Goes Wrong' features an utterly terrible fictional script executed utterly terribly by a terrible group of fictional actors, enveloped in a real-life brilliant script executed brilliantly by a very real and very brilliant group of actors. You only realize you've been smiling, gasping and laughing for nearly two hours when it comes to not smiling upon your return to the regular world. This is a two-hour explosion of physical comedy, malapropisms, and knockabout satire." Full Review

90
DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production “Until you’ve seen it, you will not imagine how inventive, impulsive, surprising and artful a stellar set like this one can be. Of course a farce needs direction, and Mark Bell has staged it brilliantly, conducting it as though it were a major symphonic work…You will find this delicious piece of merriness a genuine spring tonic. Our British cousins have always favored farce, more than we do over here, and when served up as expertly as this, we can understand why.” Full Review

90
Out Magazine

for a previous production "A hilarious romp about eye-poppingly shoddy theatrics...Since the premise is so thin, I didn’t think Act Two could sustain the same level of mirth, but somehow it did, keeping up a giddily daft 'Carol Burnett Show'-style slapstick throughout. Something as silly as this could only work if it was put together with serious craft, and it was, like a pristinely assembled jigsaw puzzle that, when put together, makes you scream with laughter. Kudos to director Mark Bell." Full Review

90
The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "No other show gets so much right by getting so much wrong...Anything that can go wrong does go wrong...The ensemble, imported from London and led by co-authors Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, are all adept physical comedians. It takes great actors to look this terrible...Not just the funniest play on Broadway at the moment, but also one that demonstrates that the London fringe can still act as a launch pad to bigger things." Full Review

90
Reflections in the Light

for a previous production "Some of the most fun I have had in a theater this season -- or any...Some of the gags bring astonished gasps from the audience, which laughs out loud pretty much non-stop...The 'whodunit' pales in comparison to the 'what's-coming-next' in this zany, fun production. 'The Play That Goes Wrong' messes up and is every theater-maker's worst nightmare (in such a delightful way)." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "From the moment this runaway romp takes off, the antics come so fast and furious that I stopped taking notes, I was laughing so hard...Sit back and marvel at the mischief-making of the Mischief Theatre company, whose skills in physical comedy and split-second timing are impeccable...We should be thanking them for crossing the pond and brilliantly performing the genre that’s hardest to do well in the theatre – namely, farce." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

for a previous production "This production takes metatheatricality to an entirely new level...Throughout it all the entire audience could not stop laughing...More than most shows, this was absolutely an ensemble piece, and every member of the acting and creative team is deserving of praise...The comedy, stage magic, and physicality of this show was impeccably timed and shockingly precise...Without a doubt, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is the funniest play Broadway has ever seen." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "An uproarious theatrical experience unlike any other – and one that will have you laughing until your sides ache...Each cast member performs with unique comic flair...One thing is certain: 'The Play That Goes Wrong' will have you laughing nonstop from the first moment to the last. 'The Murder at Haversham Manor' may be a disaster, but 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is a brilliant success." Full Review


97
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see a comedy where everything on set falls apart

Don't see it if You dont have a humor

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.

Also I don’t know why I put this off so long. It was so much funnier than i... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to have fun and laugh, is you like physical comedy

Don't see it if see it any way, you are definitely going to have fun.

93
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to laugh from the moment the show stops.

Don't see it if Just see it!

93
Must see, Masterful, Hilarious, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to laugh until your gut hurts. Comedy like this is an art form. Great writing, timing, acting - all around superb.

Don't see it if you are a grumpy curmudgeon who doesn't want joy in your life.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Funny

See it if You like very fast, very funny plays. The pace and timing of the brilliant ensemble is breathtaking! The show is just funny!

Don't see it if You don’t like fast-paced silly humor

90
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want a laugh a minute. A very clever, original, highly entertaining show.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh your head off.

90
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to laugh non-stop. From opening to close it is achingly funny. The staging is brilliant and the script even more so.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for slapstick.

87
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Slapstick comedy. Breaking the 4th wall. A hysterical show with hysterical performances. If you want to laugh. If you like psychial comedy.

Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh. If your theater tastes run on the droll. Want to wactch one of the funniest carefully corographed theater meltdowns

87
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if If you like to laugh at silly humor. It’s really funny at times.

Don't see it if You don’t like slapstick humor

87
Masterful, Hilarious, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Monty Python meets Whodunnit. British farce that is fun, light hearted and corny

Don't see it if DOn't like British humor, slapstick, silliness.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Tiring

See it if you're looking for something really funny. Although it gets a bit old by the end.

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

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Fun

See it if you are into silliness cleverly done.

Don't see it if are looking for some hidden existential meaning.

83
Slapstick, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if You want a lighthearted comedy that is fast paced and full of slapstick. Without spoilers, I’ll just say the set is ingenious.

Don't see it if You want a serious play or hate physical comedy

Also My senior citizen mother loved this show and laughed the whole time. T... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy slapstick and Monty Python-like humor.

Don't see it if You want sanity and serious drama.

72
Entertaining, Cliched, Clever

See it if You like slap stick humor. Funny but a bit over the top at certain parts

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious show or flashy musical

70
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Physical comedy at its finest. Great set design.

Don't see it if No sense of humour?

70
Funny, Delightful

See it if It’s really funny.

Don't see it if you don’t like farces.

70
Clever, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want a good laugh and nothing serious

Don't see it if You want to analyze a show for depth and meaning

70
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Love slapstick comedy

Don't see it if Hate suspending disbelief

69
A litte limp, Entertaining, Indulgent, A bit tired, More ha than haha!

See it if you haven't seen it before. Timing is now a bit off; it's a bit bedraggled, but for first timers great fun. Theatre shenanigans galore.

Don't see it if New theatre provides intimacy with diminished returns. Most actors seem to be just going through the motions. Needs to restore crispness.

53
Slow, Dated, Excruciating, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You are in a silly mood

Don't see it if If you dont like slapstick humor

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if Hysterical. You sides will ache for a week.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate some silliness at the theater.

Also This is a wonderful treat for all ages. ADULTS INCLUDED

98
Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You enjoy clever low brow humor, physical comedy, clever staging and you just want to laugh the entire show.

Don't see it if You are a stick in the mud.

97
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want a good laugh, are going out to a show with friends.

Don't see it if you dislike entertainment and funny theater


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