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The Play That Goes Wrong Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 31



1.0 star rating Dan from Detroit, Michigan


My wife and I left at intermission. Same slapstick jokes over and over. Smiled the first two times, but after the sixth time the dead guy flaps his arms, it simply isn't clever, witty, or funny. I will say the actors are good. They work hard and seem to enjoy what they are doing. Its just what they are doing wasn't comedy. Save your money for the next show.

1.0 star rating Marcel Spencer from Detroit, Michigan


In order for things to go wrong, there has to be a context of things going right! first. This was a constant barrage of overacting, same gags repeated overused and obvious cliched pratfall comedy and just NOT FUNNY. First time I ever left the theater , ANY THEATER, at intermission. Waste of time, money and feel sorry the actors that have to do this. In fairness, people in the audience were laughing-quite a lot-am I an alien? Never even cracked a smile and I like slapstick humor. along with my two friends who also found it completely stupid and insipid. I have seen great things at the Fisher and look forward to my subscription being better than this. Watch paint dry it will be more entertaining!

1.0 star rating L. Archie from Columbus, Ohio


Not an enjoyable evening, the play was a cross that the actors had to bear, along with the audience. The big difference, was that they were paid.

1.0 star rating Kathy from Las Vegas, Nevada


Too much slapstick and overacted. I’m sure the actors did a fine job, just not for us. I’m a big fan of Monty Python; but this didn’t compare. First time we have ever left a show at intermission.

1.0 star rating Papagigi from Los Angeles, California


Was expecting something in the vein of "Noises Off" or Monty Phytonesque. Throw your expectation out of the window. Should have known better when reading the ambiguous reviews. From the start to finish, I find the "play" trite, unfunny and tired. I'm a fan of slapstick comedies, but this just not it, low brow or high brow. The actors did work hard but I can't find any redeeming quality of the show. At some point, it resorted to dangerous acts to garner laugh,(slamming doors to the hapless characters , some even with blood effect) I don't understand why some of audience laugh so hard. I'm a fan of British comedies, such as Monty Phyton, Fawlty Towers and Mr. Bean. To compare this montrosity to those masterpieces is an insult to your intelligence.

1.0 star rating Ann from Los Angeles, California


I love farce, slapstick, and intentionally bad theatre/TV/film. Noises Off, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Mr. Bean, Garth Marenghi's Dark Place, etc. are incredible... and this show NO WHERE in the same league as those. It presents itself as a sort of meta-bad theatre, but lacks any real attempt to make the show feel genuine. Just a few of the many problems with this show are: (1) Stakes get set up and gags are beaten to death, to the point where credulity is gone. (2) Attention to detail with the physical comedy is nonexistent. (3) The fake-bad acting isn't even done well. So the whole thing just feels like farce for morons. I was really shocked people in the audience (including seasoned theatre friends of mine) liked it so much, and gave it a standing ovation. I couldn't believe only 45 minutes had passed when intermission came, and I should've quit halfway through. If you love any of the above shows I mentioned, save yourself the excessive money and time, and avoid this dud.

1.0 star rating Linda from Delray Beach, Florida


12/10/19 At Kravis, West Palm Beach FL. Python's situational and physical humor is light years ahead of this play. TPTGW has slapstick and shtick that some high school drama group decided was funny. Audience laughed nervously hoping that the play would get better; it Never did so they stopped laughing. Actors shouted their lines; trying to "sell" it. The audience began to leave halfway through the first act; many more left at intermission and couldn't leave fast enough. At least one third of the theater left because this play was so bad. This play should have been staged in one of Kravis' smaller non- subscription secondary theaters. It should NOT have been part of the series which many bought in order to get the Hamilton tickets included in this season. We have had Kravis season tickets for four years. This play has me questioning whether I should switch to Broward, which has all of the same shows- except this one. This was a waste of precious time and money. Don't waste yours


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hilarious British SLAPSTICK

Brilliantly BAD! And if London Bridge ever does fall down, the Mischief Theatre Company would be my first suspect!

The name of the producing theatre company says it all, Mischief Theatre. With nothing short of a miracle, The Murder at Haversham Manor his heading out on tour! Thankfully though it is merely a guise for the brilliant The Play That Goes Wrong!

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