Disclosure: Tickets provided for review. All opinions and experiences are my own. This review contains some show spoilers.
Last weekend I took my daughter and husband to a Broadway show that is unlike any other – “The Play that Goes Wrong.” I knew based on previews that the show was going to be funny, but I didn’t know I would be cackling in my seat the entire time.
The show starts off while people are still being seated, so if you decide to see the show, plan to arrive a bit early. The cast walked through the aisles and asked if we had seen a missing dog. I should also note that regardless of which seats you purchase, there isn’t really a bad seat in the house. The theater is relatively small and while our tickets were a few rows from the back, we had a clear view of all the action and never felt we were too far away.
Once the show started, it became clear that it was a show within a show. The cast was putting on a play for their school, and the Playbill actually has the cast shown as their characters from the play they are starring in (not The Play that Goes Wrong. I’m not going to give away too much more of the show, but I would label it as a “must see” if you are in NYC. There are plenty of twists and turns in the show, and character development is rather quick. Total run time is about 2 hours with a 20 minute intermission.
Is The Play that Goes Wrong appropriate for kids?
I would say if your child is 8 and up, they can surely appreciate everything that goes wrong in the show. After all, watching people run into poles or fall is quite funny, isn’t it? My daughter is almost 10 years old, so her tastes are changing and she’s no longer into the younger-crowd themed shows in NYC. This is the first time she’s attended a show that was geared mostly for adults, but she understood most of the humor and even stated that it was the best show she’s ever seen. I’d have to agree with her on that. I’ve seen many shows on and off Broadway, and The Play That Goes Wrong is by far the funniest show I’ve seen yet. I can appreciate a good show with humor, and The Play that Goes Wrong doesn’t disappoint!
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