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REVIEW: 'The Play That Goes Wrong' is laugh-out-loud lunacy

March 20, 2019 - 3:27 pm

Repertory Theater of St. Louis

“The Play That Goes Wrong”   4 out of 5 Stars

Harry Hamm:

For this show, The Rep could change their branding line to ‘Live theater so funny you can feel it.’ This play within a play is about the ineptitude's of a make-believe theater company known as the Cornley University Drama Society. They are using The Rep to attempt to do a production called “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” It’s a drawing room crime story in which the drawing room is one of the first things destroyed. The cast of 7 tumble and stumble their way through the story and most of their lines. By the end of the evening, the laugh-out-loud lunacy and non-stop comedy will send you home with a smile on your face. The slapstick is familiar and some of the gags are telegraphed. But the cast is prepared for the challenging task of making the comicality and physical gags work. So pack away your troubles for a couple of house and enjoy “The Play That Goes Wrong.” It’s the right thing to do.