There is nothing funnier than a comedy of errors, and there are plenty of errors to be found in the recent production of “The Play That Goes Wrong.” Let it be known that when it comes to this show, I mean that in the best way possible.
Debuting on London’s West End in 2014 and opening on Broadway in 2017, the hilarious comedy by the Mischief Theatre Company has been a critical darling and has left audiences rolling in the aisles ever since. The story is of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society putting on their troubled production of “The Murder at Haversham Manor,” with sets falling apart and props being swapped. It is a miracle the characters within their play and the cast themselves make it out unscathed. Now it’s time for the Improv Club to take a bow and a couple hits while they are at it.
I was privileged to have gotten an early look at this fall’s production, and I am happy to report that I was delighted to have finally gotten a chance to check out this hilarious show live. What shines brightest in this production is the cast of students making up the Cornley Drama Society. The cast, consisting of Chase Robinson, Jacob Kornilow, Kara Barrett, Alder Wise, Seamus Landis, Alyssa Sheriff, Eleanor Meckley and Carson Rhodes is electric and plays their parts incredibly well. They’re also benefited by the strong direction of Emma Barrow and Theodore “Sammy” Hass.
“The Play That Goes Wrong” is filled with so many wonderful comedic moments, the standout being the scene involving Kara Barrett’s Perkins forgetting their lines, forcing the other characters to keep repeating themselves. There’s also some great physical comedy from Alyssa Sheriff and Jacob Kornilow, who take some of the harder looking hits during the show.
“The Play That Goes Wrong” is a strong first outing for the Improv Club, and I look forward to seeing what hilarious production will be coming our way in the near future.