New York | 2h 0m | Open run

The Play That Goes Wrong (NYC)

From 75 critic and 1,835 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.



65
The New York Times

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." Full Review

65
NY1

for a previous production “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

65
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "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

65
Bob's Theater Blog

for a previous production "One must admire the cast of eight for creating vivid characters and precisely executing the script’s many slapstick bits...Director Mark Bell keeps things moving relentlessly. While I feel a bit churlish criticizing a work that had me laughing uncontrollably several times, I had a problem with the play’s length. I would have liked it twice as much if it had been half as long. Two plus hours of repetitive slapstick without much plot or any wit is more than I can enjoy." Full Review

65
CurtainUp

for a previous production "What delighted me the most were the exuberant performances by actors with whom I'm not familiar...The main problem with this precisely directed 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is that we are able anticipate from one moment to the next how and why things are fated to go wrong...It is basically devoid of surprises. That's why I can't say whether you will be satisfied or remain ultimately suspect, as I was...You can, nevertheless, absolutely expect to laugh." Full Review

60
Time Out New York

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?" Full Review

55
The Hollywood Reporter

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." Full Review

55
Two on the Aisle

for a previous production "A clever idea that goes on for two hours when it would work best if it were 30 minutes at most...The entire cast is very good. Special applause should go to Nigel Hook who created the scenic design as well as the stage hands who must keep putting the set back together...If you love physical, silly comedy and enjoy it for extended periods, you will find ''Goes Wrong' hilarious. If that is not your favorite or if you like it only in small doses, then you may find the play goes on too long." Full Review


55
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if it's a one trick pony

Don't see it if you like drama

60
During previews
Childish, Slapstick, Overrated, Great acting, Cliched

See it if Your sense of humor is limited to laughing at people falling

Don't see it if You are an adult looking for something more sophisticated for a $100 Broadway show

51
During previews
Overrated, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if Like any type of comedic action. I thought the show tried too hard to be funny

Don't see it if You are looking for great performance and entertainment

69
For a previous production
Dizzying

See it if you ;ike that humor

Don't see it if I was disappointed in that we ordered our tickets before it came here and so it goes

69
For a previous production
Great writing, Clever, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You like comedy.

Don't see it if You like murder mystery, are an actor, or have too much empathy.

Also I wanted to love this show. I really did. But it painted with such bro... Read more Read less

69
For a previous production
Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing, Funny, Banal

See it if You like silly slapstick.

Don't see it if You like your comedy intelligent.

69
For a previous production
Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Dizzying, Funny

See it if you like the same physical comedy done over and over.

Don't see it if you prefer to think and not just laugh when someone trips and falls or hits his or her head.

69
For a previous production
Overrated, Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Cliched

See it if You like silly, predicable humor

Don't see it if Silly humor bores you

69
For a previous production
Disappointing, Overrated, Funny

See it if You like old school slapstick theater focused on a clever set.

Don't see it if You’ve seen Noises Off, Lend Me A Tenor, or better slapstick farces.

Also Although there are funny moments here and there and surprises, mostly ... Read more Read less

69
For a previous production
Entertaining, Insipid, Great staging, Funny

See it if you want to laugh and not think too deeply.

Don't see it if you want to see something you won't forget as soon as you leave the theater.

Also I can't say I didn't have a good time watching this. I laughed. I enjo... Read more Read less

69
For a previous production
Cliched, Funny, Clever, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy repetitious slapstick. Good cast - zany play.

Don't see it if A farce is not what you were expecting.

69
For a previous production
Overrated, Funny, Clever

See it if you like Farce, Big Bang Theory and broad comedy.

Don't see it if you don't like slapstick.

Also There is a lot going right here, but also a lot going wrong. The impor... Read more Read less

69
For a previous production
Cliched, Funny

See it if You're a fan of slapstick and physical comedy.

Don't see it if You don't like broad humor.

69
For a previous production
Funny, Great staging, Clever

See it if You want to be mildly entertained. Enjoy great set design and staging and silly actor antics.

Don't see it if You are looking for an engaging, moving theater experience.

69
For a previous production
Quirky, Funny, Cliched

See it if you want expert physical comedy, and if you can score a cheap ticket

Don't see it if you're expecting something as finely tuned as Noises Off. Act 2 is hilarious, though most of the jokes in act 1 arent memorable.

69
For a previous production
Funny, Dizzying, Cliched, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like physical comedy; you like farce; you like slapstick; you like Brits on Broadway

Don't see it if you like a "real" story; like a serious drama; don't like falling scenery, crazy actors running around like crazy

Also reminded me of "Noises Off". Similar notes and themes in the physical ... Read more Read less

68
For a previous production
Cliched, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You like slap stick humor.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy silly, slap-stick comedy.

68
For a previous production
Disappointing, Quirky, Great staging, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You like silly shows. If you are looking for a feel good show.

Don't see it if You want a serious show. If you want a real topic, and a real story

68
For a previous production
Great staging, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you like slapstick and over the top comedy

Don't see it if If you want a more serious show

Also I did laugh but was hoping for a bit more. I did like that before the ... Read more Read less

68
For a previous production
Disappointing

See it if you are not looking for the best farcical play ever. British cast does well with tired pranks & corny lines

Don't see it if You expect to see something like the magnificent Boeing Boeing (also a farce but a gem).

68
For a previous production
Overrated, Fluffy, Funny, Cliched, Raunchy

See it if you like physical jokes and puns

Don't see it if you don't like cheesy jokes

68
For a previous production
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if If you're a fan of farce (like I am), You might not like it, but if you love the style, you should experience and form an opinion about it.

Don't see it if You want something innovative and intelligent. The jokes are easy and constantly repeated. Much like Noises Off (but not as funny, IMO).

68
For a previous production
Disappointing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if I liked the idea. It was funny.

Don't see it if At some point the joke was told. It wasn't exciting anymore. The show did not really have a plot. At the end it was boring.

67
For a previous production
Confusing, Cliched, Funny

See it if You like physical comedy like Red Skelton and Lucille Ball. You like slapstick If you like British humor

Don't see it if You don't like physical comedy you expect a deep story line. You are sensitive to loud noises

66
For a previous production
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy top comic timing and a fast paced show.

Don't see it if If you think pratfalls aren't funny. Be prepared for British accents.


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