“The Play That Goes Wrong” has won countless accolades here and in the UK where it all began in a small pub theater in London. After its successful run on Broadway, this British farce on steroids will continue off-Broadway and, lucky for us, they are also taking the show on the road. Now on stage at the Kennedy Center, one cannot avoid comparisons to the wildly funny “Noises Off,” another British import from the 1980s. The difference here is that the play is a murder mystery instead of a sex farce and the focus is on simply making it through a full performance – not the backstage intrigue amongst the cast and crew that causes the calamity on and off stage in “Noises Off.” Also similar to “Noises Off,” the program contains “biographies” of these ill-fated thespians in the play within a play along with an ad from one of the actors – Robert Groove’s School for Acting Perfectly.
…a side splitting and laugh-until-you-cry evening of theater.
Anyone who has ever participated a school play, a community theater production, or even a Broadway show has probably been involved in a performance when something went wrong. In this production, EVERYTHING does go wrong in a side splitting and laugh-until-you-cry evening of theater.
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society has arrived in America to perform their 1920s murder mystery, “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” Tour Director Matt Dicarlo has
The cast includes Evan Alexander Smith as the “Director” (and practically every other behind the scenes role in the production) and Inspector Carter; the audience-loving Ned Noyes as Cecil Haversham and Arthur the Gardener; and Jamie Ann Romero as Florence Colleymoore, the cheating fiancee of the supposedly murdered Charles Haversham (Yaegel T. Welch). When she comes to after being knocked out, she has to literally fight the stage manager, Annie (Angela Grovey) corralled as her stand in who starts to enjoy her role a bit too much. Perkins, the butler (Scott Cote), is prone to mispronouncing certain words to hilarious effect. “Florence’s brother,” Thomas Colleymoore is played by Peyton Crim whose deep voice and deadpan delivery in the most physically awkward of circumstances is marvelous. Rounding out the cast is the the Duran Duran loving, lighting and sound operator, Trevor (Brandon J. Ellis), who is also roped into an unexpected stand-in role.
In these challenging times, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is just what the doctor ordered. Written by actors Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer
Running Time: Approximately two hours with one 15-minute intermission.
The Play That Goes Wrong runs through January 6, 2019, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566. For tickets, call the box office at 202-467-4600 or go online.