Arts & Culture

OU Theatre adapts award-winning comedy for its spring production

After bringing Shakespeare’s “Othello” in to the modern age earlier in the semester, the Oglethorpe University Theatre returns for an original show based on a Tony Award-winning play to close out the spring season — “The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong.”

Logo for "The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong"Inspired by the Broadway hit “The Play That Goes Wrong,” the Oglethorpe University Theatre’s upcoming production is a show-within-a-show about the accident-prone “Cornely Drama Society” as they stumble, trip and crash through a murder mystery play. In the fictional theatre troupe’s show, an inspector arrives at the scene of an untimely death to expose the culprit, but when the show begins to fall apart, the real mystery becomes whether or not the show will reach the end. Throughout the hour-long performance, expect falling scenery, bumbling actors, misplaced props and more as the cast and crew face one disaster after another.

In addition to a Tony Award, “The Play That Goes Wrong” received many accolades during its run in the West End and later on Broadway, including a Laurence Olivier Award. Lauded for its high-energy comedy, the show was a big success. In Oglethorpe University’s original adaptation, students condense the show into one act, ensuring the performance will be jam-packed with hilarious gags.

This production is produced by the Oglethorpe University Theatre program and features a cast of Oglethorpe student actors. The show will be on stage at the Conant Performing Arts Center from April 28 РMay 1. Reserve your seats here.

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