The Play That Goes Wrong is a true story of the trials and tribulations of a musical theater production gone terribly wrong. Starring Danny DeVito, Steve Martin, and Al Pacino, this film is about a group of people who are very close to each other; they even have kids of their own. Their bond is so strong that they have always performed together, but when the producers of a local theater company are looking for new and exciting ways to make money, they hire a group of people to star in a musical called The Play That Goes Wrong. Each member of the group has a certain talent, which is used in the production, but when one member’s career takes off, he’s tempted to take his talents to the next level.
When the production begins, everyone seems to know everything about each other, but that quickly changes when one of the members of the group starts to act out in front of everyone else. His co-stars don’t know what to do, and soon they all get suspicious. They think that their friend is being forced to perform and they begin investigating. The investigation leads them to a hotel in which the group stays, and they start questioning the owner. Joe is one of the group’s members that is more trustworthy and is trusted with more sensitive information. He’s also the only one who doesn’t try to take the others down, so he becomes suspicious. He realizes that he’s in danger, and he gets himself thrown in jail to be questioned by the FBI.
When the FBI agents come to question him, he reveals a lot of information about the hotel and how well it was managed. After learning this information, Joe is suddenly cleared of suspicion. Meanwhile, Joe’s co-workers are upset because they think he’s taking advantage of them. They continue to doubt his abilities and decide to leave him on his own for the rest of his life.