The Play That Goes Wrong

Last night we were invited to go see The Play That Goes Wrong at SCERA Center for the Arts. Two new things for this gal, actually, as I’ve never seen this play or been to SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah. While I have heard things about the play when it was in New York City, I don’t know that you can ever be prepared for seeing this in real life.

We walked into the venue and you can tell this is one well-loved community theater. Patrons were very excited to be there and see the performance. It is an old-fashioned theater, which is really very cool. Inside is a movie theater, candy concession stand and then you work your way into the actual indoor theater. We went to find our seat and realized that every seat in the house was taken.

The play began and we were immediately thrown into a play within a play, “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” You see, we are watching a play about a cast of actors putting on their very own play. What we watch them experience is absolutely unreal. Everything that can goes wrong, does go wrong for this poor cast, but we are the beneficiaries of their misfortune, as the hysterics are overabundant.

In all my time attending live theater, I have never, ever seen such an audience as the one I shared this experience with last night. People could not catch their breaths, they were laughing so hard. I don’t know if there was much of a quiet moment in the theater, as each line delivered more laughs. You could tell that the audience absolutely fed the energy for the production and it was palpable!

This was a production loaded with incredible physical comedy. I was exhausted watching the actors do all that they did. I have so much respect for those ten actors that put their heart and soul into their characters and never stopped. I can not imagine performing this more than once, let alone multiple nights a week during the run of the show which began last night and goes until May 6th.

Each character was endearing and fun to watch and honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Every single cast member plays off each other so well, despite the storyline, like well-oiled machinery.

photo by Rachael Gibson

If you are looking for a fun night out loaded with comedy, this is the play to go see. Bring your entire family, this is a very family-friendly piece of theater and every single member of your family will love it. You really can’t help but thoroughly enjoy yourself while you are in attendance. It almost felt more like a night of improv as it was so fast paced and quick-witted. The show was about two hours long, but was so enjoyable, it flew by and was over in a flash. Although it is “The Play That Goes Wrong”, it is a play that is oh-so-right.

photo by Rachael Gibson

To get your own tickets to the show through May 6th, purchase your tickets online. You can also learn more about the offerings at SCERA Center for the Arts and upcoming events. I know I can’t wait to go back!

*we were invited to facilitate a feature, all opinions are my own*

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