Jim Robinson from Charlotte, North Carolina
A GREAT ESCAPE TO MUCH NEEDED LAUGHING
Looking at many of the reviews, I find it hard to imagine that they saw the same play as I. After having seen this in NYC, I jumped at a chance to see it again in Charlotte. Interestingly, there were some tweaks to story line that added a bit more depth to the NYC version. This is hilarious. It is not Monty Python or the Three Stooges, it is something all its own. The audience, ranging in age from 8 to 80, cackled and laughed for more than two hours. The timing was crisp and the gags were well played, even if some were predictable. Knowing what might happen made it funnier when carried out. There was non-stop comedy action and twists and turns that the actors carried out flawlessly. Often, the funniest parts were the reactions of the cast members when things did go wrong. The interaction with the audience was spot on with hilarious references to local issues and topics as well as a poke at the Charlotte ego. I wish I could go again, but, alas, the holidays call.
Beverly from West Palm Beach, Florida
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LEFT AFTER THE FIRST ACT!
You missed the best part of the play.....yes, it was corny, yes, it was over acted, but that's what made it funny.....the second act tied it all together. Its was a murder mystery play, they were acting, by the second act you put everything together and saw the humor! We loved it and if you liked Monty Python you will like it too.
Rob from Oakville from Toronto, Ontario
NOT NOEL COWARD
But that’s not what you’re paying to see. However, there is more than just slap stick to the play. The real treat is the individual reaction by each cast member as things go wrong and how they deal with it. If you want to go deep enough the play is a metaphor for life and how we all face problems. But for me I would take as face value as just good fun. So don’t go expecting Coward or Shaw but relax, enjoy the play for what it is and have a good time.
Dr. Bring-down from Hartford, Connecticut
A FUNNY 2-HOUR LONG MONTY PYTHON SKETCH
This play featured very skilled actors doing amazing things with comedic timing and physical comedy. It was very funny at times. However, it is very self-aware, and seems to try too hard to get laughs. It would be a really funny 30-minute sketch, but after that it became as exhausting to watch as it, no doubt, was to rehearse. My wife and I left at intermission.
Dave from San Francisco, California
SOME JOKES DIE HARD
Funny to a point. Some of the bits wouldnt end. The build up to the end could have ended sooner. Two acts? It could have been done in one. Entertaining. To be honest, they tried too hard. Kudos to the actors having to work so hard.
Carl Baskind from Boston, Massachusetts
SOME FUNNY MOMENTS BUT I WAS DISAPPOINTED
Interesting play in that many in the audience were slapping knees and laughing hysterically. By observation they were mostly 65-80 year olds...which makes sense because this show is closer to vaudevillian slapstick than the kind of crisp, clever material that is written today. Like I said, there are funny riffs and moments, especially in the beginning but as time marches on the uniqueness wears off and the corniness, unproductive sillyness and flat out unfunny stuff takes over. Kind of show you either like or dislike alot...and I didn't like it.
Julie Garvin from Houston, Texas
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
If you like slapstick, you’ll have a great evening. If you don’t, you’ll leave at intermission like we did. Having said that, the Hobby Center is a wonderful place to explore new shows. Great venue.
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Hilarious BRITISH slapstick
Brilliantly BAD! And if London Bridge ever does fall down, the Mischief Theatre Company would be my first suspect!
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