The Play That Goes Wrong / our review
Hilarious british SLAPSTICK
Jun 18th, 2019
The Play That Goes Wrong is back for more mishaps!
The name of the producing theatre company says it all, Mischief Theatre. With nothing short of a miracle, The Murder at Haversham Manor has returned to New York City though thankfully it is merely a guise for the brilliant The Play That Goes Wrong! If you enjoyed Monty Python and Mr. Bean then these frantic Brits will have you in stitches as you witness this chaotic production of mishaps and mayhem. These actors are all terrific at being terrible, with several of them having trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Lewis, Shields and Sayer are the genius creators behind this production and I guess living true to the belief If you can't book work make work' - they play these amateurish community theatre actors splendidly!
It takes A LOT to stage a successful production, it takes even more to stage one that is purposefully catastrophic! Director Mark Bell was a part of the original West End Production and must be a sucker for punishment as he has worked with many of these overly animated actors before on The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (West End).
Nigel Hook's scenic design deserves mention as one of the most skillfully executed destructions to go down on Broadway. The set is a character in itself, a drunk, wayward character, unpredictable and nerve-wracking! Hook's set managed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats and unhinged as we anticipated further disaster and yet we were surprised every time (there were several screeches in the audience!).
This is a defiantly a show worth seeing, a modern-day soap opera that will make you feel better about your own life and remind you that things could be WAY worse. It is brilliantly BAD, and if London Bridge ever does fall down, the Mischief Theatre Company would be my first suspect!
CAUTION: Anyone with a weak bladder, should not consume any liquids at least three days prior to showtime. The laughter will get you.
View our show pages for more information about The Play That Goes Wrong, Stage 4 New World Stages.