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.



45
DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production "A silly slapstick backstage farce that has improbably opened on Broadway...Its silliness is relentless, beginning before all the playgoers have even taken our seats...The running jokes are repeated with what I suppose is intended as mounting hilarity, although some might see it as diminishing returns. 'The Play That Goes Wrong' could just as easily have had a running time of 20 minutes as two hours, without losing anything essential." Full Review

45
The Huffington Post

for a previous production “It’s 'Noises Off’ without the clever bits. Still, one does giggle a little and full credit to actors Lewis, Sayer and Shields for conceiving this show, writing and starring in it...It simply isn’t funny to have sets fall down…You need characters who seem aware of the disaster they’re in and are trying to figure a way out of the mess…All we get are punch lines with no setup…It’s not rooted in anything...Not always, mind you—sometimes real characters of a sort appear, almost as if by accident.” Full Review

45
StageZine

for a previous production "What sets this play apart from its predecessors is its complete lack of nuance, suggestion and cleverness...Good comedy, no matter how inane, should have an element of surprise, but in this 'Play That Goes Wrong,' one often knows the punch lines to all the jokes and gags beforehand because the laughs are too obvious and trite...Frenetic energy keeps everything moving at a dizzying pace, but it is hardly enough to sustain the lowbrow humor for two full acts." Full Review

40
Broadway News

for a previous production "With its relentless working of a handful of hoary gags, it amply proved that the law of diminishing returns applies to the mechanics of farce perhaps more than it does to any other theatrical genre...The actors and the director certainly deserve commendation for the precision of the physical comedy...Long before the red herrings had been sorted out I came to feel that it wasn’t just the play-within-the-play that was going wrong, but the whole exhausting, exhausted conceit." Full Review

40
scribicide

for a previous production "'The Play That Goes Wrong' should be funny because everyone is trying to make it go right, but instead we are offered a series of implausible, high-pitched, over-the-top exercises that have more in common with an overlong improv sketch than a carefully planned Broadway comedy." Full Review

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New York Daily News

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." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

for a previous production "Little more than a procession of gags, sometimes executed with tremendous dexterity, but most of them unconnected to anything resembling reality. They are gags for gags' sake...The pace is so relentless and the absence of anything but gags, gags, gags quickly wore out its welcome...If you don't find the first ten minutes amusing, settle in for a long night. If you find yourself laughing early on, you've come to the right place." Full Review


49
For a previous production
Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you enjoy slapstick humor and easy laughs.

Don't see it if you are looking for intelligent humor. This felt like a two hour long SNL sketch.

49
For a previous production
Not funny, Stupid, Slap-stick, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you like slap stick without any substance. Left at intermission.

Don't see it if you like clever humor. Should not be compared to One Man Two Guvnors, Something Rotten or Noises Off.

49
For a previous production
Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like slapstick and physical silly meaningless theater. Nothing against this kind of theater but it can be done in a smarter way.

Don't see it if You don't like to leave your brain at the coat check. Even silly plays can use some smart humor ( e.g. Noises off ). This one is just silly

48
For a previous production
Banal, Cliched, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You like slapstick.

Don't see it if You hate slapstick.

48
For a previous production
Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if did not enjoy and found the so called humor sophomoric at best

Don't see it if you don't enjoy silly slapstick style comedy.

48
For a previous production
Monty python lite

See it if You like cute, slapstick and/or believe what Ben Brantley says.

Don't see it if A little slapstick goes a long way. Don't like plays that know they are terribly funny and pour it on.

Also In fairness, the company was excellent, especially the fellow who play... Read more Read less

46
For a previous production
Fluffy, Cliched, Insipid

See it if You want an evening of slapstick and silliness and facemaking, and have never seen a decent production of Noises Off.

Don't see it if You like your comedy to make sense.

Also Look, I know I'll get in trouble for not liking this show and I feel s... Read more Read less

45
For a previous production
Slapstick, Cliched, Overrated

See it if if you are a fan of British slapstick humor.

Don't see it if if you want intelligent theatre that makes you think.

Also Maybe I'm alone in this world, but I did not laugh at all during this ... Read more Read less

43
For a previous production
Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You like loud overacting.

Don't see it if You want to see a really funny show.

40
For a previous production
Dated, Banal, Cliched

See it if You like incredibly broad physical comedy.

Don't see it if You want something smart. Or deep.

Also There are a couple very funny bits, but they’re few and far between. I... Read more Read less

40
For a previous production
Fluffy, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if It does have its funny (slapstick) moments.

Don't see it if If you don't like slapstick skip this; that's all it is. Forced and mechanical.

40
For a previous production
Overrated, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy slapstick humor and 2 hours of the same thing with no plot.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slapstick, want a good story, there are other shows that you want to see but haven't yet.

37
For a previous production
Disappointing

See it if You like slapstick Want to see a play where EVERYTHING goes wrong

Don't see it if You expect a pleasant theatrical experience

35
For a previous production
Overrated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you like slapstick. BUT: I actually do love Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd etc. and still didn't like it. Only show we left at intermission.

Don't see it if you want some "intelligent" kind of humor. This one is silly, but contrary to others we were not able to laugh.

35
For a previous production
Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You find extremely broad farce to be funny — I do not, but I took a chance, but did not enjoy the show.

Don't see it if If, like me, farce rarely hits your funny bone.

33
For a previous production
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You like silly farces and physical comedy

Don't see it if If like intelligent shows. This was horrible! Glad I only paid $30 for it

32
For a previous production
Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if You like gag plays, many with little connection to even the alt-reality the play sets up for itself.

Don't see it if You want something cohesive, well-directed, funny (save for 2 or 3 "good ones"), or well acted, even knowing that they're supposed to be bad

Also I saw the Americanized version, and I'm wondering if the British versi... Read more Read less

30
For a previous production
Low-brow, Insipid, Overrated, Banal, Cliched

See it if you have unlimited tolerance for buffoonery and are quick to laugh at obvious, contrived situations.

Don't see it if you actually enjoy a good farce with wit, savvy and sass, because this is not that. There is little or nothing to laugh at here.

30
For a previous production
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You are looking for a parody and are amused by almost everything Monty Python's Flyimg Circus TV show from and old fashioned slapstick.

Don't see it if You are expecting British comedy of the "Fawlty Towers" caliber.

24
For a previous production
Torture, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you don't have to do laundry or clean your bathroom — or if you really don't like to laugh.

Don't see it if you value your time.

23
For a previous production
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you like slap stick comedy

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't enjoy stupid plots

21
For a previous production
Redundant, Excruciating, Dated

See it if you enjoy two hours of the same joke over and over again with no ambition to be thought provoking or creative.

Don't see it if you can go to any other show! Sorry but it is really bad...

21
For a previous production
Banal, Insipid, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You really enjoy British Humor. I do but not this show. Just goes on & on. Needs to be cut by an hour. Everything is repeated too often.

Don't see it if No if. Just don't see it.

20
For a previous production
Stupid, Awful, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you are a masochist with nothing better to do.

Don't see it if you are expecting a clever Monty Python type British comedy. It's just more stupid than funny.

18
For a previous production
Indulgent, Overrated, Great staging, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you like Monty Python-style humor and can stand a 2+ hour show with absolutely no plot.

Don't see it if you assume, based on how well the show has been received, that there must be some kind of "hook" or plot. There is not.


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