Sunday, February 18, 2024

The Play That Goes Wrong @ Cleveland Play House

Through March 3, 2024 

(216) 241-6000

Howard Gollop

If ever a case can be made for less is more, "The Play that Goes Wrong" is the right show to prove that axiom. For the Cleveland Play House production, brilliantly (and self-destructively) mounted by scenic designer Czerton Lim, the performers needlessly punctuate the slapstick and intentional overacting of the amateur British company (billed as the Cornley University Drama Society) putting on the mystery "The Murder of Faversham Manor" to the point of turning the evening into a circus clown show. Then again, a clown show, expertly choreographed by fight and stunt director Jason Paul Tate, was all many escapism-hungry audience members needed on a cold, rainy night on Playhouse Square. Considering the show is still a hit off-Broadway (perhaps slightly more reigned in), even New York audiences would concur.
To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.

Mark Horning

Even if you have seen this work before, it is well worth seeing the Cleveland Play House version of this comic classic. The production values are top-notch, the comedy is spot on and the physical funny aspects are a work of art. It is a comic farce that will have you laughing all the way home. Share in the delight and silliness!

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's Review here.

Chris Howey

"In sum, The Play That Goes Wrong will make many in the audience laugh till their sides ache, while others may feel like they've attended a limply amusing theatrical mugging."

To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

Laura Kennelly

Whoops! If everything goes wrong in the Cleveland Play House’s current show, that means everything is going right! The Play That Goes Wrong, now at Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre, shows farce at its best. One testimony to that is that the run of this play within a play has been extended to March 10, a week longer than planned, due to ticket demand.

Maybe it’s schadenfreude, but I think Clevelanders know how easy it is for things to go wrong and how cool it is to be able to not only make the best of it, but also to laugh about it. “River on fire? Bah, not stopping us,” etc. 

To see a full review of this show, read here or see Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.