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The Wrong Box

From 16 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging

About the show

Set in Victorian England, this new musical dark comedy centers around a "tontine," an investment scheme wherein a group of young men invest in a fund, and the last man living takes all. Part of the 2018 Dream Up Festival. More…

Morris, a 40-year old orphan who was robbed by his uncle of seven thousand eight hundred pounds when he was only a boy at school, is desperate to win the tontine and thus right the wrongs he feels the world has done him. His uncle Joseph is one of the last two members of the tontine, so Morris is willing to go to any length to keep his uncle alive long enough for him to win. Family rivalries give way to complete chaos in this energetic and farcical musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic black comedy of death, greed, and jealousy.

Member Reviews (16)


Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging
Avg Score

Ambitious, Banal, Overrated

See it if If you want to see a British Farce. 2.5 hrs. long! It has some really funny parts. Theater in works-something different. If you have good

Don't see it if sense of humor. It's long, costumes are weak, can't hear some of the sung words over the music. Accents come and go.

Entertaining, Dizzying, Funny, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you enjoy an energetic cast giving it their best with good acting and singing while constantly changing the set. It also has good laughs.

Don't see it if you want perfection - good voices not heard over band, almost constant set changes in a long production, or you do not enjoy black comedy.

Energetic, Funny, Great staging, Ambitious, Excessively long

See it if you enjoy Monty Python style English humor. The plot is ridiculous, the characters unbelievable, staging controlled chaos - all set to music

Don't see it if a long play even with an intermission is not for you. Some of the colloquial language is difficult to understand particularly when sung.

Clever, Too much stuff, Too many notes, Needs editing, Started 45 minutes late

See it if know someone in cast or team, want BROAD comedy with your musical theatre, like the ridiculous, like silly, like improbable, + pretty cast

Don't see it if complicated. almost incoherent plot lines frustrate U, British accents make most of the text unintelligible, U want edited finished product

Bit long but very entertaining, Clever staging / excellent costumes, Cheesy humorous choreography, Talented singers & musicians / ok score, High-energy campy over-the-top farce

See it if Theater for New City does it for you. This one's a good one. BIG time enthusiasm from entire cast from the get-go dials up your mood-volume.

Don't see it if you know the '66 movie & expect THAT book. VERY different. Singers aren't miked, loud 4-piece on-stage band makes it hard to capture lyrics.

Also Saw their first performance Saturday afternoon.... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You enjoy laugh out loud funny musicals that are based on classic stories.

Don't see it if You prefer show of a more serious nature. And if you expect more Broadway style staging

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You enjoy British farces. You want to see a new show that has the feel of an operetta rather than a contemporary musical.

Don't see it if You are hard of hearing. The actors perform sans microphones and while I head mostly everything loud and clear it might be harder for others

Also Farce treats the improbable as probable, the impossible as possible. -... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Too long, Inconsistent

See it if you like to support the works of local community theater or like "British" farce in a musical format.

Don't see it if you don't like mediocre comedy, can't sit through 2.5 hrs, don't like inconsistencies in costumes & accents, or have trouble with hearing.

Also Actors don't use the mike so some of the songs/actors were hard to hea... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like fun musicals in the vein of Gentleman's Guide. This was easily the best off off Broadway musical I've ever seen.

Don't see it if Only minor quibbles: I noticed 2 Americanisms, there's a song I'd cut, & the actors should be miked (a few times I couldn't hear the lyrics)

Frantic, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

See it if Old school musical, without much substance, but full of high spirits. The title tells all -- a farce about missing contents.

Don't see it if Some plays are not worth reviving. Feels dated and ditzy, and falls flat.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if enjoy a romping farce with an amusing book, plot, and great singing/acting.

Don't see it if you need a score that you can hum to with variable songs.

Also This show has promise. Although given a mediocre score, the venue made... Read more Read less

Scrappy, Farcical, High energy acting, Slow transitions, Long winded

See it if you appreciate drawn out British farces with big, enthusiastic acting and dancing; you’re looking for something light and fluffy

Don't see it if you have a hard time hearing vocals over music (the musicians are on the stage); shaky sets make you nervous (lots of unbalanced set pieces)

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Energetic

See it if you’d enjoy seeing great acting talent run away with an original and madcap Victorian plot

Don't see it if you think you might get bored with a somewhat homogenously bland score

Also The lyrics seemed clever, but without any miked performers, they were ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, In need of an editor

See it if You liked "Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder" and enjoy period, old-style musicals with quirky sensibilities.

Don't see it if You only like modern work that's been heavily polished. This is a festival show.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You enjoy shows like Gentleman's Guide, farces, over the top comedies

Don't see it if If you're looking for a serious show, you prefer more modern musicals

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing

See it if It's a bit madcap. So children might like it. Visitors wanting a taste of off broadway will like it.

Don't see it if You prefer something more sophisticated and potential for Broadway.

September 14th, 2018
"An incredibly clever piece of theater...The nuances of this musical make it one of the most creative and unique works that needs to be seen...Among the debauchery and confusion, there is always a clear sense of purpose to Gosselin's direction. Every characteristic of every character is expressed...
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