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The Play That Goes Wrong

I somehow ended up on a Broadway mailing list, and every day I’m emailed offers for discounted theater tickets. I keep willing myself not to read the emails, but invariably I end up opening them, deciding I really want to see the show, and before I know it I’m buying tickets. It’s more addictive than online shopping!

Last week I saw The Play That Goes Wrong, a Tony Award-nominated comedy.

The Play That Goes Wrong Review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The show was actually nominated for its set…

The Play That Goes Wrong Review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

So here’s what happened when the cast found out:

Comedy on Broadway is tricky. The Book of Mormon is one of the few shows that was funnier than I expected. Usually, like with Something Rotten and Avenue Q, the production doesn’t quite live up to the hype.

So I was curious whether The Play That Goes Wrong would actually be funny.

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It was!

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Photograph courtesy of The Play That Goes Wrong

The opening had the audience cracking up, and the laughter continued throughout the entire show. I had complained the laughter in Kinky Boots felt forced, and this was the exact opposite experience. You could tell the audience genuinely loved it!

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Photograph courtesy of The Play That Goes Wrong

The show followed the production of a play (much like Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap) where everything that could go wrong did. The actors hilariously forgot their lines, missed their cues, and had to avoid a set that was falling apart around them. Not even the corpse could act correctly, and kept forgetting to play dead!

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Photograph courtesy of The Play That Goes Wrong

Celebrities who saw the show had such funny things to say about it:

“Oh my God!!! What happened??? No, I’m serious… learn your lines. This show is terrible!” – Will Ferrell

“You all have my deepest sympathy. Much love and I hope you all find something worthwhile to do with your lives.” – Nathan Lane

“Better luck next time!” – Stephen Colbert

“I’m so, so sorry for all of you.” – Neil Patrick Harris

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Photograph courtesy of The Play That Goes Wrong

Much of the show’s humor is slapstick, and even though this isn’t my favorite type of humor I still really enjoyed it. My only criticism is that because I don’t love slapstick humor, the 2.5-hour production did feel a little long.

But I still left entertained, and was happy with my purchase.

The Play That Goes Wrong Review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

To get tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong, click here.

Go on, impulse buy some!

~A

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