Mischief’s new comedy Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion will play Off-Broadway for a limited engagement later this year. Playing New World Stages (the same venue that hosts their long-running The Play That Goes Wrong), Mind Mangler will begin performances November 10 for a 16-week engagement through March 3, 2024, with opening set for November 19.
Starring original company members Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer, Mind Mangler is based on a character originally created in Magic Goes Wrong by Penn Jillette, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields and Teller.
"We're absolutely delighted to be heading back to Manhattan, and not just to collect the belongings Jonathan left in his dressing room at the Ethel Barrymore,” said the team, referring to the recently completed Broadway run of their Peter Pan Goes Wrong. "We're thrilled to be taking over another theatre at New World Stages. Having two shows at the same theatre complex is amazing and having three shows in New York in 2023 is simply unbelievable! In fact, we're slightly worried someone is pulling our leg. We can't wait to get back to New York and continue making audiences laugh and hopefully amaze them too with some magic!"
In the comedy, the Mind Mangler returns to the stage following a disappointing two-night run at the Luton Holiday Inn Conference Centre. His new solo spectacular is predicted to spiral into chaos as he attempts to read your mind.
Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion is directed by Hannah Sharkey, with set design by Sara Perks, costume design by Roberto Surace, lighting design by David Howe, sound design by Helen Skiera, and video design by Gillian Tan. Ben Hart serves as magic consultant, Steve Brown is the composer, and Tom Nickson is the UK production manager.
Mischief’s stage successes include The Play That Goes Wrong, Magic Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, A Comedy About a Bank Robbery, and Mischief Movie Night.