Review: The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway2 min read

The Play That Goes Wrong: All is Right in this Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong Review
Oddly enough, when I first saw this hysterically funny farce in London back in July of 2015, it was on one of those theatrical overload days when I also saw the Noel Coward play, Hay Fever at a matinee with The Play That Goes Wrong in the evening.  Regarding that London day, I thought the Olivier winning production of The Play That Goes Wrong was “spectacularly funny“.

How right this play was, and I hoped to get a chance to see it again over here on Broadway. I also wrote that I thought the Coward play was “tedious”, even while being charming and well done, commenting that I thought the production was slightly dusty.  I’m happy to say that the Mischief Comedy Troupe’s Broadway transfer of that same madcap farce is just as exactingly done.


Strangely enough, I saw The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway the day after the viewing of another Noel Coward comedy, Present Laughter, currently starring Kevin Kline.  I won’t give away my thoughts on that show as it opens later this week, but suffice to say, it was a déjà vu moment.

'The Play That Goes Wrong' Play performed at the Duchess Theatre. London, Britain

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, as introduced to us by its director, Mr. Chris Bean, played to perfection by Henry Shields (also one of the three creators), hasn’t had much luck recently with their theatrical endeavors. From his opening curtain speech, it sounds like they have had more disasters then one can imagine.

So with that being said, we are told we are about to see their new production of a 1920’s style murder mystery play, Murder at Haversham Manor, the serious play within the ridiculous.  And as that saying goes, what can go wrong, does go wrong, and boy, do they do it spectacularly.   Without a dull unfunny moment in this two hour production, I’d say….(for the full review: click here)

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