The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC)
Open run 2h 0m
The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC)
88

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

88%
(4209 Ratings)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (3,434)

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60 Reviews | 5 Followers
100
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Do you want to see spot on comedy? Excellent timing, funny very talented actors a delightful evening of laughter.

Don't see it if You don’t like slapstick comedy you don’t wanna laugh

70 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if From the moment you walk into the theater; till the moment you leave. You are (I would not say welcomed - hahahah) you are treated to a fun.

Don't see it if If one does not like humor.. stay away Read more

52 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Creative, Hilarious, Cheeky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like laughing at silly escapades a lot, can appreciate a brilliant set piece, and have a love of murder mysteries.

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of British humor and/or slapstick comedy.

81 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want some chaotic fun

Don't see it if You just hate fun Read more

161 Reviews | 65 Followers
100
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you want to laugh and like murder mysteries; LOVED the comedy, acting and the staging. I laughed through the whole performance.

Don't see it if you don't like over the top comedies.

53 Reviews | 6 Followers
100
Ambitious, Masterful, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love a broad comedy.

Don't see it if if you're looking for something with depth.

104 Reviews | 35 Followers
100
Must see, Hilarious, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are having a difficult time and need to laugh and forget about your problems at least for 90 minutes! Best piece of comedy I’ve ever see

Don't see it if You have no innocence left in you… (Even in that case I think you should see it!!!)

115 Reviews | 19 Followers
100
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if What a murder production with the chaos of the actors kept everyone in there seats for over 2 hours. Excellent production and a must see.

Don't see it if If you do not like to laught, stay away from this production otherwise it is a must see at the New Stage Threatre: a excellent venue

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 Wall Street Journal
April 6th, 2017
For a previous production

"The greatest challenge becomes hearing the dialogue beyond the well-justified laughter...Silliness? Slapstick? Sure, but also a tribute to the valiant pseudo-professionalism of this imagined troupe...What Buster Keaton did with clock hands and Charlie Chaplin did with an old boot this cast accomplishes with murder...Mark Bell’s direction keeps an unrelenting pace that leaves the audience breathless and the actors clueless."
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Deadline
April 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"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."
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New York Daily News
April 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"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."
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