New in 2017 A hit in London's West End, a new comedy about a company of hapless actors making a disastrous attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery.
From the producers: "The Play That Goes Wrong" is a celebration of the best of live theater...and the worst. Welcome to opening night of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s newest production, "The Murder at Haversham Manor." 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. It’s a classic mystery...and it’s a mystery how it ever got to Broadway!
"The Play That Goes Wrong" achieved critical acclaim in the four years since it was first performed in front of an audience of just four people in a pub in north London. An expanded version moved into its current home at London's Lyceum in 2014 and won Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards in 2015. The success of the production has spawned two more titles - "The Comedy About A Bank Robbery” and “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” - also currently playing the West End.
The Broadway production will stars the original West End cast: Matthew Cavendish, Bryony Corrigan, Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill, and Nancy Zamit. J.J. Abrams, best known as director of the blockbuster film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," makes his Broadway producing debut with this show.
Exhaustingly funny to...just plain exhausting...this one focuses exclusively on onstage mayhem, the kind that leaves its cast bloody, bowed and ultimately out cold or having a nervous breakdown. 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...there's a wild, redeeming poetry in such anarchy.
An immersive, hilarious evening...even under an extra layer of character, [the] actors manage to convey compelling personalities and neuroses, all while making complicated choreography look like random chaos. Admittedly, two hours of nonstop pandemonium gets exhausting, and even with the intriguing character development, the curtain comes as a bit of a relief. But on the whole, "The Play That Goes Wrong" is just right: A ridiculously entertaining disaster.