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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.



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

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

90
Showbiz 411

for a previous production "'The Play that Goes Wrong' goes very right and went very well...Hilarious? Oh, yes. A wonderful farce full of non-stop laughs, very funny and smart...To pull this off you have to be great, and you can see that this troupe—which wrote the show for themselves—has honed it into a gem...Director Mark Bell makes it look easy when of course it’s not—indeed, the physicality that’s called on is quite amazing." Full Review


88
During previews
Hilarious, Dizzying, Funny

See it if You just want to have a really fun, silly time at the theatre and enjoy over the top physical humor.

Don't see it if Bothered by accents, shows within a show or are too stuffy to laugh out loud in a theatre.

78
During previews
Quirky, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You're looking for a good laugh, and just want to watch something entertaining.

Don't see it if In the beginning, some of the comedy feels a little forced. It does begin to fit the mood as the show continues, however.

100
During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Resonant, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you grew up with Carole King , know all her songs, but not her whole story. You will only admire her more!

Don't see it if you don't like Carol King, her voice, or her music.

Also There is so much love, life, and heartbreak that came before Tapestry.... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like farce, and laughing at silliness.

Don't see it if You need a profound, thought provoking play.

90
During previews
Quirky, Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You like a good laugh and don't need to take the theater too seriously.

Don't see it if You're stuffy and feel like the theater needs to be important, or educational or something more than just pure entertainment.

85
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Funny

See it if you enjoy British farce and want to laugh so much your belly hurts. It's a fast-paced, zany show.

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

100
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Hilarious, Clever

See it if this was the singularly FUNNIEST show I have ever seen. Non-stop laughter, entertainment and joy. You will pee yourself with laughter.

Don't see it if You don't like humor, or talented actors or comedy.

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if If you enjoy old fashioned exquisitely executed slapstick comedy. I have never laughed so much in a show.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to let go and have a good laugh.

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Clever, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh until you can't breathe. It's very slap-sticky and slightly predictable, but in the most charming way.

Don't see it if you're expecting sophisticated humor. It's very enjoyable in its simplicity.

100
For a previous production
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Amazing staging, writing, everything. It was such a fun night out !

Don't see it if It was amazing!

100
For a previous production
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want an evening of laughing until you pee yourself, and want to see some of the best acting on Broadway.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with complicated text. Some of the jokes are a little hard to follow for someone whose English not their first language

100
For a previous production
Masterful, Must see, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like a good stupid comedy.

Don't see it if You can’t take a joke.

Also I was laughing so hard that I could not breathe. I could’ve watched it... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Must see, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You would like to have fun, see something that is masterfully directed, see actors go over their body limits.

Don't see it if Do not like physical theater, comedies, farce theater.

100
For a previous production
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you would like to laugh harder than you have ever laughed before and are looking for a good time.

Don't see it if you want to see a drama.

100
For a previous production
Dizzying, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if if you like comedy

Don't see it if you are a grouch

100
For a previous production
Must see, Great acting, Dizzying, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love farce, love Noises Off, and love slapstick. Also see it if you need an ab workout.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy.

100
For a previous production
Hilarious, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if HOLY SCHMOLEY. Great acting, great writing, the funniest play I've ever seen. Laughed my butt off for the entire play! MUST SEE!

Don't see it if NONE! THIS IS A MUST SEE!

100
For a previous production
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love backstage comedy, you're a theater person, you want to see something original

Don't see it if you hate theater, you don't like laughing, british people scare you

Also The funniest comedy I've ever seen, not including Noises Off (which th... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Must see, Clever, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if you love farce, murder mysteries and british comedies!

Don't see it if you don't like complex, cheeky british storylines.

Also I could not get enough of this gut-busting play and had to see it twic... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy laughing until you cry. I have not seen something so enjoyable on Broadway in a long time and I’m not a “play person” usually.

Don't see it if I really can’t think of a reason. It was really fun.

100
For a previous production
Great acting, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You LOVE comedy!!! Also it’s a great show to take kids to!

Don't see it if You hate comedy/live stunts

100
For a previous production
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Dizzying, Hilarious

See it if you like slap-stick physical comedy. This show is clever and yet ridiculous & campy. Ages 9 to 65 loved it, and we wanted to see it again!

Don't see it if You don't like physical gags and massive destruction of a set. You have to be prepared for it to be over the top ludicrous.

100
For a previous production
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy slapstick comedy

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slapstick

100
For a previous production
Masterful, Hilarious, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if By far the funniest piece of theater I have ever seen in my life I must see for anyone who loves a good time

Don't see it if If your dead

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if This was such a delight. I've never laughed so much at a show. Wonderfully choreographed, can't imagine how they ace this every night.

Don't see it if You don't like physical comedy.


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