The Play That Goes Wrong
Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields
Palo Alto Players
Finally, after past, short-handed productions such as Two Sisters (making for a much shorter evening of Chekhov), The Lion and the Wardrobe (forget the Witch), and Cat (a solo musical?), the Cornley Drama Society has recruited enough members to stage The Murder at Haversham Manor, a 1920’s whodunit, murder mystery sure to rival the fame of The Mousetrap. With a cast that includes the likes of actors who have played such roles as Man 3 in The Blue Man Group for Kids, the Lame Horse in Black Beauty, and the Shepard in The Ten Commandments (not to overlook one slightly tired actor who just completed a run of Twelve Angry Cyclists that featured a cast of twelve on exercise bikes for two hours) – with such a cast what can go wrong? Actually, the more correct question is, “Can anything possibly go right?” In Palo Alto Players’ rip-roaring, rib-tickling, riotously rambunctious The Play That Goes Wrong, the answer to the last question is “Absolutely, NO.” That nothing goes right in this fictitious play within the much-awarded The Play That Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields results in an evening of slap-stick hilarity full of eye-popping surprises.
For my full review, please continue to Talkin’ Broadway.
Rating: 4.5 E
A Theatre Eddys Best Bet Production
The Play That Goes Wrong continues through February 5, 2023 in production by Palo Alto Players at Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto CA. Tickets are available online for both in-person and virtual (February 3, 4 and 5) performances at https://paplayers.org . Please note: Masks are required to be worn by all audience members.
Photo Credit: Scott Lasky
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