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.



80
ZEALnyc

for a previous production "Even if it lacks the intricate construction of 'Noises Off,' or the commedia dell’arte pedigree of 'Guvnors,' the show is nonetheless remarkable in its ability to keep varying and building upon the disasters...Director Bell keeps the calamities coming at a breakneck clip...Sure, it all gets old after a while, and the show goes on for about 15 minutes longer than was probably wise...If all you’re looking for is a chance to laugh, loudly and often, 'Wrong' may be your best bet of the season." Full Review

80
New Yorker

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." Full Review

80
Entertainment Weekly

for a previous production "An immersive, hilarious evening...Admittedly, two hours of nonstop pandemonium gets exhausting, and even with the intriguing character development (or degeneration), the curtain comes as a bit of a relief. (You can only cringe so many times before getting a cramp.) But on the whole, 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is just right: A ridiculously entertaining disaster." Full Review

80
The Huffington Post

for a previous production "The fun is anything but high-minded. Yet, there is something elevated about the perfect understanding of theatrical enterprise in its entirety exhibited by 'The Play That Goes Wrong'...The trio that created 'The Play That Goes Wrong,' as well as the cast they lead through its imploding labyrinth, know exactly what they’re doing...Mr. Bell keeps everyone in motion deliriously and seemingly without serious injury...The laughs are non-stop and most of them are really cheap." Full Review

75
Theater Life

for a previous production "Two hours of hilarity...You would think this one-joke premise would run out steam after an hour, but Mark Bell’s breakneck staging keeps the guffaws building as the play-within-a-play keeps deteriorating. The English company is an inspired lot of buffoons...'The Play That Goes Wrong' is marvelously right with English visitors giving us Americans a welcome break." Full Review

75
Paste Magazine

for a previous production "It relies a bit more on cheap laughs than character-based humor that can generate deeper, longer and more satisfying laughs...Despite its few missteps, anyone who enjoys farce will be smiling, chuckling or laughing the entire evening...It is not 'Hamlet' and it may not even be 'Noises Off,' but we live in troubled times and sometimes two hours of well-constructed silliness is more than enough." Full Review

70
Deadline

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." Full Review

70
Off Script with Dan Dwyer

for a previous production "Not only does it out-farce 'Noises Off,' it also brings physical comedy to a seemingly dangerous level. The slapstick accidents are so outrageous, it’s easy to forget all about the (intentionally) corny story...Director Mark Bell has wisely slowed down the dialogue (but definitely not the action) a tad for us Americans, and the broad comedy is played even more broadly than in London. The cast mugs a lot. The premise is rather one-note. No matter. Just go along for the hilarious ride." Full Review

70
Theater Life

for a previous production "Relentlessly well performed. The entire ensemble is brilliant as they pull out all the stops in a physical comedy that never lets the air out for a second while delivering a persistent attack on our funny bone...The effort here is pure slapstick from the very first moment to the eventual fade-out, and over a two hour-plus running time the repetitive conceit becomes preciously thin...The ensemble however is remarkable at being bad and sublime at performing the outrageous physical comedy." Full Review

70
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "A hysterical, and predictable, experience that will have you laughing until you're exhausted...The comedy lies in the tragic anxiety of putting on a working show, and laughing at their disaster is a good time...As wonderful as this funny comedy is, the play within the play wasn’t amusing enough to create a complete experience for the whole show...Even more exhausting than the running time is the insidious misogyny permeating the experience." Full Review

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

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

35
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

30
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


100
For a previous production
Delightful, Hilarious, Great staging, Dizzying, Funny

See it if You enjoy farce; if you do, it is gut-busting funny, from before the lights go up to intermission and thereafter. Brilliant!

Don't see it if You dislike farce; you will not enjoy the extreme silliness if you go. It won't be your cup of tea.

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

See it if You like to be surprised and laugh until you are out of breath

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this play

Also This an artfully done comedy with terrific staging and perfect perform... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You LOVE farce and theater and both

Don't see it if You don't like the above. No, but really if you hate frustration comedy and pratfalls, stay away. This is NOT for you.

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

See it if You want to laugh ur ass off

Don't see it if Ur not into British humor

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

See it if You want to spend a night laughing so hard you can't breathe. By far the funniest show I have ever seen.

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

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

See it if you like to have fun. This is the greatest play I've ever seen.

Don't see it if you hate laughing.

100
For a previous production
Masterful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love to laugh!

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

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

See it if You want to spend 2 hours laughing non stop.

Don't see it if You hate fun.

100
For a previous production
Ambitious, Quirky, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you feel that Monty Python and Agatha Christie should've produced a show together. Hilarious, nerve-racking, slapstick shenanigans.

Don't see it if You don't like physical comedy, clever humor, or traditional theatrical experiences.

100
For a previous production
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if one of the funniest shows I have ever seen

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

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

See it if If you are very entertained by things breaking down on stage and farcical theater. I was in tears from laughing so hard.

Don't see it if If you are not in to farcical theater.

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

See it if you enjoy outrageous, physical and farcical humour ala Noises Off.

Don't see it if silly, frivolous shows that break the fourth wall and show "backstage."

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

See it if funny quirky spin on clue

Don't see it if N/A

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

See it if You want a show that is guaranteed to make you laugh. This show is comedic GOLD!

Don't see it if You don't like comedies or want something that has a deep message

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

See it if you want to laugh for two hours

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

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

See it if you enjoy original and hilarious entertainment. I saw it twice and might even go again.

Don't see it if Don't care for physical comedy. There's not much depth to it, but it is so much fun.

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

See it if You love quick witted comedies

Don't see it if Don't enjoy comedy and physical theater

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

See it if You enjoy amazing slapstick comedy and laugh like you've never laughed before!!

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor or don't enjoy a "physical" comedy.

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

See it if You enjoy the idea of the comedy of errors that could go on in the theatre setting.

Don't see it if You have a problem with theatre that isn't by the books.

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

See it if You enjoy and appreciate physical humor ... the stunts are wonderful and the acting is a joy.

Don't see it if You don't like a good laugh.

100
For a previous production
Refreshing, Dizzying, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you have any idea what is supposed to happen in a theater. This show is hysterical.

Don't see it if don't want to be surprised and delighted.

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

See it if you like to laugh hysterically. This is the funniest show I have ever seen!

Don't see it if you're looking for drama or romance or something thought-provoking.

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

See it if you're ready to laugh until you hurt - literally! This is one of the funniest, cleverest, best-acted, perfectly-staged shows EVER!

Don't see it if you had a funny bone-ectomy and you are forbidden to laugh!

100
For a previous production
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like comedic shows with great writing and planning. This show was absolutely hilarious!

Don't see it if you don't like laughing every few minutes.

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy slapstick and laughing throughout the show!

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

Also We started laughing when we sat down and didn't stop till the show end... Read more Read less


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