The Play That Goes Wrong - Straz Center Tampa

Friday, October 19, 2018
When we were in NYC two weeks ago, we attended our first Broadway on Broadway show. We came away with a new found appreciation for Straz Center. We've always been impressed by the amazing shows Straz brings in every year but I had no idea how vast in size Carol Morsani Hall is! While in NYC, we attempted to get tickets for a show called The Play That Goes Wrong, which was co-produced by J.J. Abrams. I'm a huge fan of everything J.J. has done. New York didn't work out for us but this show happened to be coming to Straz as part of their Broadway in Tampa series and we had an opportunity to see it!
The Play That Goes Wrong is far different than any show we have ever seen. The best way I can explain it is that it is two shows in one. The cast is trying to put on a show and everything goes wrong, but they have to stay in their "actor" character.
Prior to the show starting, we had quite a surprise by one of the actors jumping up on the set of seats directly in front of me, screaming at one of the technicians. Everyone was in full character and we knew then, we were in for a show.
Before the show began, the stage was full of people trying to repair the set. Things kept breaking and before you knew it, the show had already started. Then we realized one of the balconies was lit up and had a set of it's own - it belonged to the AV tech, which was part of the show.
The story is a classic "who dunnit", a Murder at Haversham Manor. From start to finish, things went from bad to disaster and the entire night was full chaos and mishaps.
This show has received rave reviews. The New York Times called it a “a gut-busting hit”, The Daily Beast called it “a riotous explosion of comedy”, and HuffPost called it “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen”. I laughed so hard during this show, my abs hurt the next day.
Expect things like an AV guy who messes up constantly through the night, the leading lady goes unconscious multiple times and has to have tech's jump in to cover her, a dead body who refuses to stay still, sets that break through the night, and total chaos from the second you take your seat.

It was a fun night out and we enjoyed seeing this show! Showtimes are running through Sunday, October 21st.

Click here to buy tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong
Wednesday, October 17, , 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 19, 2018 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

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