April 4, 2017
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick LaborPress Entertainment Editor
Hold on to your Seat for the Belly-Laughs
“The Play that Goes Wrong” is a laugh-a thon for two hours. “The Play that Goes Wrong” is in the tradition of the English Music Hall, Vaudeville and Burlesque all rolled up into one.
In this slapstick farcical comedy there are prat falls, scenery that falls, a platform that collapses which add to the mayhem and chaos. If we remember the comedy of Monty Python, Michael Frayn “Noises –Off”, Mell Brooks “The Producers’” and Carl Reiner’s comedies then you will thoroughly enjoy the non-stop action of this show.
This all English ensemble cast is perfectly integrated into the historical laughter by the Director Mark Bell.
The story is a play in a play and is a throw- back to the drawing room murder mysterious of the 1920;s and the 1930;s. If you watch the Turner channel you will recognize the initial plot but not the mayhem that follows. “The Murder at Haversham Manor” is play in a play. A murder occurs and fastens your seat belts for the uproar that follows. As in all drawing room murder mysteries can we ask: Did the Butler do it”. Should we ask the trio of authors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields?
The ensemble cast is led by : Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis (one of the authors), Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayers ( another author), Henry Shields (the third playwright), Greg Tannehill, and Nancy Zamit.
I would recommend this show for the entire family for the play which goes right with constant laughter.
My only suggestion is that the play could be even better by cutting a half-hour from the two hour production.