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The play within the play

The HEHS production of The Play That Goes Wrong promotes the message that one’s mistakes do not define them

I’ve learned that in contrast to internally punishing yourself for your faults, it is life-altering to rid yourself of this demeaning mindset and instead partake in a genuine smile and laughter while responding to your personal mistakes. People shouldn’t view their faults as set-backs, but more prominently as opportunities to harness a sense of humbleness and humility. 

Hoffman Estates High School’s performance of The Play That Goes Wrong undeniably embodied this insightful concept through whimsical comedy and intriguing entertainment. The Play That Goes Wrong is an innovative performance that has stupendously defied all average expectations of what a play typically looks like. 

“This play is truly like no other show,” said Annielle Capati, senior student director.

In a series of the comedic misfortunes of a struggling cast and crew, The Play That Goes Wrong is a wondrously unique and entertaining show unlike any other. In this creative performance, a solemnly dramatic murder mystery intentionally “goes wrong.” The play consists of forgetful actors, chaotic prop placement, and a variety of many more unpredictable mishaps. 

“It is truly difficult making a play go right by it going wrong,” says Capati. “The Monday before the show opened, we were very worried and stressed out. Things that were supposed to be going right were going wrong. It got to the point that we were thinking, ‘would we have a play by Thursday?’” 

Despite the obstacles, Hoffman’s theater program took on the challenge headfirst. Those on set put forth their best effort leading up to the show to ensure the play exceeded expectations, including many rehearsals and various time consuming preparations. When opening night approached, it was apparent that the cast and crew’s dedicated and passionate work ethic paid off. 

“There’s this performing adrenaline that just hit the cast members and everything fell in place,” said Capati.

HEHS theater had certainly executed how this unique play should be portrayed. Their imaginative performance of comedy captivated my interest and constantly kept me looking forward to the next humorous scene.  

Beyond the simple humor within the show, The Play That Goes Wrong promotes the uplifting message that one’s mistakes do not define them.


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Maddy Bell
Hi, I’m Maddy! I’m a Junior at HEHS. Besides just writing for the Hawkeye View, I play lacrosse and am a part of student council. I always enjoy reading a good book and spending time with my friends and family. I aspire to be a journalist in the future and have never minded having to write long essays for English class.