Play Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ premieres in Detroit

Clifton Duncan, Harrison Unger, Mark Evans, Alex Mandrell in the production of "The Play That Goes Wrong." Photo: Jeremy Daniel.

DETROIT — Broadway’s Tony Award-Winning Comedy “The Play That Goes Wrong” is making debut at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre from February 12-24, 2019.

The play is set in the 1920’s when the head of the Cornley University Drama Society (Chris Bean) announces to the audience “The Murder at Haversham Manor.”  The curtain opens and we see Mr. Charles Haversham (Jonathan Harris) lying on the couch dead.  They phone the Inspector (also played by Chris Bean).

In comes Florence Colleymoore (Sandra Wilkinson) who is shocked by the news especially since it is on the day of their engagement party.  The cast of characters flow in and are hilariously funny.  Inspector Carter arrives and conducts his inquiries as he prepares to examine the body.  Then the calamity begins, hence the name, “The Play That Goes Wrong.”

Actually Florence was glad he was dead.  Come to find out. she was having an affair with his brother, Cecil Haversham (Max Bennett).  The investigation goes awry, as things fall off the wall, the doors don’t open, and the dead man moves, to name a few.

Act Two began as the investigation continues.  “No one could have killed him except for the people in this room.”  So who killed Charles Haversham? This murder mystery is dubbed “total pandemonium” and “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen.”

There was a 20-minute intermission in between the two Acts.

Get your tickets early and be prepared to laugh your head off.


Performance times for “The Play That Goes Wrong” at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:        

  • Tuesday-Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m.   
  • Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.     
  • Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $44 (includes facility and parking fees) and can be purchased online at or and by phone at 800-982-2787.  

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