Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at Lyceum Theater

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The troupe is, however, up to the challenge, although Bean confesses that some two-thirds of the audience were actually under the impression that they were going to see “Hamilton” that evening.

The embedded play continues with the discovery of the deceased, Charles Haversham (Greg Tannahill playing Jonathan Harris), who appears to have missed his cue and simply won’t stay put, and successively meet his best friend Thomas Colleymoore (Henry Lewis playing Robert Grove), Perkins the family retainer (Jonathan Sayer playing Dennis Tyde), the deceased’s fiancée (Charlie Russell playing Sandra Wilkonson), and the deceased’s brother (Dave Hearn playing Max Bennett). (The program lists two sets of credits, one for the real play and one for the interloper.)

In “The Play That Goes Wrong” (as well as in the murder mystery), Trevor Watson (Rob Falconer), the show’s light and sound operator, is actually part of the cast as is the drama society’s stage manager, Annie Twilloil (Nancy Zamit).

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The drama society’s director, whom we met at the beginning, plays Inspector Carter, who arrives at the onset of a major snowstorm à la Detective Sergeant Trotter in “The Mousetrap,” while drawing his inspiration from his inner John Cleese.

In my review of two years ago, I summed up the evening saying, “Never have so many laughed so hard for so long.” Fortunately for theatregoers, even with a few nods to the play’s American audience, that still holds true.

THE DETAILS

The Play That Goes Wrong
Lyceum Theatre
149 West 45th Street
New York, N.Y. 10036
www.broadwaygoeswrong.com

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