THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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By Pam Johnson

If you’re ready for a hearty laugh, you’ll want to see the hilarious comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre playing April 5-21. This “play within a play” showcases everything you hope WON’T happen onstage during a performance.

“This show is a murder mystery farce,” director Joe Gumina explained, “kind of like a Sherlock Holmes meets Monty Python story. It’s about a group of accident-prone actors who endeavor earnestly to put on this play while everything around them goes wrong – thus the title of the show.

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“The set falls apart, actors forget lines, sound cues are off, and behind-the-scenes drama unfolds onstage. In the midst of all that, they have to put on this murder mystery. You never stop laughing; it’s one comedic event after the other.”

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is suitable for most ages. There is a lot of slapstick physical comedy so even the youngsters will enjoy it. (Rated PG for language.)

Everyone should see this show because it is hilariously funny,” said Gumina, “and I promise, if you see it, your face will hurt from smiling.”

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields. This show is directed by Joseph Gumina (his directorial debut at JRT), assistant directed by Lucas Schmidt, and stage managed by Kellye Smith. Cast members include Lorianne Carver, Alyssa Curtis, Evan De Back, Paul Detling, Riley Hamant, Adam Honeycutt, Bill Livesay, Daniel Matthews, Sarah Sanders, Jonathan Schmidt, Lucas Schmidt, Jeremy Sapp, Corey Tickles, and Gage Watters.

Sponsors are Sonia King and Dan & Pamela Pope.


Tickets are $18 general admission, $16 for students and seniors. There is also a special group rate for parties of 15 or more. To purchase tickets, call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or go online to