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.



90
SusanGranger.com

for a previous production "For sheer fun and laughter, you’re 100% right in choosing the hilarious 'The Play That Goes Wrong'...While the supremely talent cast delivers farcical slapstick performances...the biggest kudos go to the scenic and lighting designers who create the visual mayhem...It’s cleverly scripted by twentysomethings Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and adroitly directed by Mark Bell with utmost precision." Full Review

90
Frequent Business Traveler

for a previous production "This show within a show keeps audiences on both sides of the Atlantic laughing non-stop. Mangled lines and dozens of missed cues and bungled entrances all contribute to a surreal atmosphere of a not quite ready for prime-time production...In my review of two years ago, I summed up the evening saying, 'Never have so many laughed so hard for so long.' Fortunately for theatregoers, even with a few nods to the play’s American audience, that still holds true." Full Review

90
Exeunt Magazine

for a previous production "The delightfully entertaining farce is easily the funniest play I’ve ever seen. At times, I was crying laughing so hard...The ensemble is wonderful. They shed their egos and fully throw themselves into the often violent and never-ending intense physical comedy with masterful fervor...I spent the entire evening in the strange, beautiful no-man’s-land between giggling and full, open-throated, guttural, screaming laughter." Full Review

85
Theatre Reviews Limited

for a previous production "Under Mark Bell’s direction, the ensemble cast delivers a high-energy, brilliantly acted farce that celebrates the magic of the theatre by highlighting its foibles—a resplendent conception concocted by writers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields...A gift to audience members: two hours to let their guard down and allow themselves to laugh again...Your brain will thank you for the resplendent release of endorphins and the boost in happiness and well-being." Full Review

85
Front Row Center

for a previous production "Go see this play. There is NOTHING wrong with 'The Play That Goes Wrong.' Unless you've got something against laughing...My only quibbles with this production are that the last ten minutes or so happen so fast with so much falling apart on the stage that the intricate and hilarious story dissolves, along with everything else, before our eyes. What should have been fireworks is more like a fizzle...Nevertheless–get thee thither. Trust me. You need this much laughing." Full Review

85
Newsday

for a previous production "Finds the line that separates the annoying and stupid from the I-can’t-believe-I’m-laughing-at-this brilliance. And when the company hits that line, which it does over and over, resistance is ultimately futile...Although Mark Bell is the real director, he should get a special Tony for best choreography in a nonmusical. The physical comedy demands stopwatch precision to make the cumulative antics, not just pratfalls and spit-takes, work without hurting the real actors." Full Review

85
Chicago Tribune

for a previous production "'The Play That Goes Wrong' goes wrong so many times, in such mellifluous ways, and with such far-gone commitment to physical comedy...The rare farce with actual worth. A farce that bucks you up by reminding you of the great human capacity for resilience...The exceptional direction of the piece, by Mark Bell, embraces risk and danger to an extraordinary extent. That means 'The Play That Goes Wrong' never seems safe or comfortable in its own skin." Full Review

85
WNYC

for a previous production "If slapstick isn't your thing, then turn around now. This farce is not for you. But if goofiness makes you giggle, then 'The Play That Goes Wrong' may leave you gasping for breath...A symphony of silliness, with the set falling apart piece by piece, often conking an actor's head in the process. It starts off funny and just gets funnier. I have some quibbles. Cutting a good 15 minutes or so (as well as the intermission) would make it swifter...But otherwise, this play is just good fun." Full Review

85
Reviewing The Drama

for a previous production "Delights in its frivolity...The point is to be entertained. And watching people mess up or walk into a door or get hit with some flying object is entertaining. I know that's not the most sympathetic take on humor, but slapstick has endured for a reason...'The Play that Goes Wrong' is laugh-out-loud funny...Aided, no doubt by Mark Bell's expert direction. (Comedy, especially farce, can go so wrong so quickly. It takes methodical plotting and precision. The company succeeds.)" Full Review

85
The Wrap

for a previous production "Dropped lines and dropped props are the order of the day, and the players miss their marks with broad comic precision...Subtlety is not the show’s strong suit — though the script has some witty touches amid all the clockwork-timed slapstick silliness, under Mark Bell’s fine direction...For much of its two-hour running time, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' offers a hilarious tribute to the spirit of the theater and the mantra that the show must go on — served up with a thick slice of ham." Full Review

85
The Huffington Post

for a previous production "There’s really tons of fun in this show for people of all ages, interests, and senses of humor...You’ll marvel at how well this cast can sell you on bad acting, which takes incredibly good acting to pull off...The real director of the show, Mark Bell, does a masterful job getting to the root of what drives each of these characters to rise to the spotlight and ultimately to fall in their efforts to meet expectations...What an achievement to pull it off so well, and so consistently." Full Review

85
The Wall Street Journal

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." Full Review

85
LI Herald

for a previous production "Although I already saw it in London, I laughed as much this time as I did last time...There’s verbal humor, lots and lots of physical humor that requires synchronization, and visual humor, too. The comedy is lowbrow and the audience’s laughter becomes contagious...The rain had been coming down steadily all day in NYC, making it cold, wet and unpleasant, the political world was roiling with intrigues and dissension, but 'The Play That Goes Wrong' was a happy place." Full Review

85
Edge New York

for a previous production "Half the fun is the spectacular ineptitude with which the amateur performers deal with the hardships. Virtually incapable of ad-libbing, they doggedly persevere...Pure slapstick silliness, wonderfully executed by a talented cast that truly manages to keep the audience in a steady state of hysterics...Hats off to writers Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields (all of whom are in the cast as well) for taking a one-trick-pony concept and making it into two hilarious hours." Full Review

85
StageBiz.com

for a previous production "I can only hope its silliness and exceptional execution keep it running for a long time to come...My fear was that the whole thing would amount to a one-trick pony, and that tedium would set in around the 15-minute mark. It does nothing of the kind...My personal favorite was Alex Mandell's performance in the role of Max Bennett...In these dark times, a little silliness goes a long way." Full Review

85
TheaterScene.com

for a previous production “It would be futile to try to enumerate all the things that could go wrong—and do—but it must in all admiration be said that instead of being plagued by all the damn fool things, they don’t pall! And that is the genius that director Mark Bell and his remarkably sturdy, ever-coping company of madmen and women absolutely shine at. Things can’t get worse, can’t get funnier? Blam!...This is slapstick with a vengeance…Go. Have a good time. You deserve it.” Full Review

84
Front Mezz Junkies

for a previous production "Without a dull unfunny moment in this two-hour production, I’d say it’s quite an achievement, one that even on second viewing kept me laughing from the first second to the last...It takes a lot of talent to be this bad and act terribly so well, and these troupe members mess up, fall down, get their lines out of sync, and ride this disaster out to the end, miraculously...If this is failing, then it’s the best failure I’ve seen on stage since the madcap 'Noises Off' last year at the Roundabout." Full Review

80
Theatermania

for a previous production "This is a planned demolition (and an exceedingly well-executed one at that)...We wonder how on earth the performers are going to sustain this level of lunacy. Remarkably, they do...Their comic timing is so precise you can't help but laugh. Their pratfalls are so real, you can't help but gasp...'The Play That Goes Wrong' isn't a brilliant comedy, but you're going to laugh anyway. This is two hours of unapologetic, stupid fun, buoyed along by a cast of ultra-committed performers." Full Review

80
New York Magazine / Vulture

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." Full Review

80
Wolf Entertainment Guide

for a previous production "Uproariously funny...I was uninhibitedly laughing aloud through much of the mayhem created on stage by this superb gang of actors who show themselves to be expert in physical comedy as well as dialogue meant to go with raised eyebrows...Under the direction of Mark Bell, the mayhem persists with ingenious complications at virtually every turn...I could bestow an ensemble award for the lot, so smoothly do they mesh into the overall hysteria." Full Review

80
Variety

for a previous production "Under the go-for-broke direction of Mark Bell, its high-energy cast is comic gold and manages to sustain, with a never-ending series of diversionary tactics, its one-joke concept...It’s more lowbrow, interested in the gag and shameless in how it gets it: sometimes incredibly inventively, but sometimes going for the low-hanging fruit...Though it could benefit from some cutting, the production is an idiot’s delight...But it takes a while before the laughs come at full speed." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "This farce is causing a lot of silly, spontaneous laughter whether you sometimes want to, or not, but just can’t help it...Leave it to the British to invent these ridiculous circumstances where the key to success is making certain that what can go wrong, will; and with such precision in timing that it’s hard to believe this is what they actually rehearsed and intended...Little by little everything just falls apart in this let-loose chaotic comedy, supremely directed by Mark Bell." Full Review

80
Towleroad

for a previous production "The play doesn’t take itself seriously for a single moment, and the original cast works together like a well-oiled machine—a quality that can’t be overvalued when the scenery is literally crashing down on all sides. Physical gags, goofy wordplay, and desperate attempts to preserve a modicum of theatrical illusion dominate Mark Bell’s screwball production. The rapid-fire gags hardly leave time to catch your breath between spit takes." Full Review

80
City Cabaret

for a previous production "Outrageous with collapsing props, melodramatic acting, and missed cues, this Olivier Award-winning play within a play ropes you in as soon as you take your seat...The timing is precise and the approach deliberate. It would not work without the meticulous timing that makes everything run smoothly as it falls apart...Yes, it could have been snipped here and there, but if you are up for a good-time catastrophe, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is just right." Full Review

80
Act Three - The Reviews

for a previous production "The actors in this play within a play are true hams...All in all it's a 'Noises Off' kind of comedy—extremely physical where timing is key...This British sensation was banging on all cylinders. When the curtain comes down (along with the set) you'll find yourself just as exhausted as the actors from all the hilarity and laughter...For some it may be a bit over-the-top but I'm going to guess if you don't like this kind of play you won't be buying a ticket anyway." Full Review


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.

100
For a previous production
Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like a hilariously immersive experience. You are in the story the second you set foot in the lobby. Brilliant. Amazing timing. Just +++

Don't see it if You dont have good health insurance, because your sides will hurt so much from laughter that you might need to see a doctor afterwards.

100
For a previous production
Refreshing, Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want a good laugh and love slapstick humor.

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

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

See it if You want to laugh so hard you cry, pee, transcend astral planes of existence...

Don't see it if You hate laughter and perfectly executed slapstick and farce.

100
For a previous production
Must see, Quirky, Hilarious, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a good laugh! I cried from laughing the first time I saw it.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor .

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

See it if You have children or have family in town

Don't see it if You don’t like to laugh

100
For a previous production
Must see, Epic, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if Hysterical from beginning to end! What happens throughout is just amazing with the set. Audience interaction and amazing actors!!

Don't see it if If you don’t like British humor

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

See it if Looking for an absolutely hilarious night at the Lyceum. Hurry, this show closes August 26th.

Don't see it if Don't like to laugh

Also Have to be there early for the pre-show. It cannot be missed

100
For a previous production
Profound, Masterful, Must see, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like to laugh non-stop. This is the funniest show on Broadway. Also, check out Peter Pan Goes Wrong on YouTube, same company.

Don't see it if you don't like slap-stick humor or can't understand British accents.

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

See it if You need to laugh (go to the bathroom first!)

Don't see it if You expect high drama and have no sense of humor!

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

See it if If you find physical comedy funny or if you have a good sense of humor. You will find it hard to breathe from the nonstop laughter!

Don't see it if Your not into silly light hearted plays. If your masacara is not waterproof (from laughter). If you need an inhaler (from laughter).

100
For a previous production
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You love to laugh. This show is relentlessly funny.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of slapstick. Nevermind. See this show anyway. It's awesome.

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

See it if physical SLAPSTICK MAGNIFICIENTLY preformed - true drawing room FARCE - Noises Off on STEROIDS

Don't see it if you want a serious dramatic evening of theater

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You miss good physical comedy and want big laughs.

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious.

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

See it if love gut busting laughter.

Don't see it if don't like to have fun.

100
For a previous production
It just might be the funniest show on broadway.

See it if you enjoy frenetically-paced, hysterically funny farces...and if that classic, "Noises Off", was--in your opinion--too sedate.

Don't see it if nonstop hilarity involving collapsing sets and wildly inappropriate onstage behavior might send your pulse rate soaring to the danger point.

Also Some farces can justifiably be referred to as "Noises Off Lite". Not t... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You just want to see how wrong a play can go.

Don't see it if You expect it to be serious.

100
For a previous production
Hilarious, Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you don't take life seriously.

Don't see it if you hate theatre people and theatre stuff

100
For a previous production
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a brilliantly done comedy. This show had the entire audience roaring with laughter from beginning to end.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor or get seats that are all the way over stage right, you'll miss way too much!

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

See it if What to laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh

Don't see it if Don't want to laugh at perfectly timed slap stick comedy

100
For a previous production
Profound, Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if enjoy physical comedy

Don't see it if don't enjoy laughter

100
For a previous production
Quirky, Delightful, Funny

See it if you want to be entertained and have a good laugh. This was a fun, witty show.

Don't see it if You don't like fun theater and are looking for something serious.

100
For a previous production
Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Hilarious

See it if See it if you like to laugh. The best show I ever experienced.

Don't see it if N/A.


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