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A subtrope of ShowWithinAShow, FinaglesLaw, and FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Also an application of TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, since let's face it, how boring would it be to watch a show about a show where everything goes smoothly according to plan? The inversion of this is SpringtimeForHitler, when people's attempt to make a show fail results in its success.

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A subtrope of ShowWithinAShow, FinaglesLaw, and FailureIsTheOnlyOption.FailureIsTheOnlyOption, and an in-universe form of TroubledProduction. Also an application of TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, since let's face it, how boring would it be to watch a show about a show where everything goes smoothly according to plan? The inversion of this is SpringtimeForHitler, when people's attempt to make a show fail results in its success.


* Webcomics/LeifAndThorn: The performance of ''Leachtric''. At first the plumbing problems interfere with the on-stage special effects, then they force the entire building to get evacuated before the second act.

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* The ''Series/DesigningWomen'' episode "Mamed" sees the ladies performing in a community theater production of ''Mame''. Julia as Mame repeatedly clashes with her boozey former Broadway baby co-star culminating in the woman showing up late for opening night and too drunk to perform. All seems hopeless until [[spoiler: Anthony dons her costume and takes to the stage as Vera Charles]].


* ''The Lester Guy Show;; is an in-universe example from ''Series/OnTheAir''. It's not a Lester Guy Show episode without head trauma!

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* ''The Lester Guy Show;; is an in-universe example from ''Series/OnTheAir''. It's not a Lester Guy Show episode without head trauma!

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* Lampshaded in ''Film/ShakespeareInLove''. Sure enough everything does go wrong for the first production of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', but everything resolves itself for a stunning success.
--> '''Henslowe:''' Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
--> '''Fennyman:''' So what do we do?
--> '''Henslowe:''' Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
--> '''Fennyman:''' How?
--> '''Henslowe:''' I don't know. It's a mystery.


* One ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' episode centered around Preston trying to put on a play of his own creation (a FanSequel to ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' involving cyborgs and black magic...yes, really). The play [[BabdBadActing isn't doing well in the first place]], but it only gets worse when Max uses David's Tinder account to go catfishing and Neil's StalkerWithACrush arrives to take the role of Juliet by force.

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* One ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' episode centered around Preston trying to put on a play of his own creation (a FanSequel to ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' involving cyborgs and black magic...yes, really). The play [[BabdBadActing [[BadBadActing isn't doing well in the first place]], but it only gets worse when Max uses David's Tinder account to go catfishing and Neil's StalkerWithACrush arrives to take the role of Juliet by force.

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* One ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' episode centered around Preston trying to put on a play of his own creation (a FanSequel to ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' involving cyborgs and black magic...yes, really). The play [[BabdBadActing isn't doing well in the first place]], but it only gets worse when Max uses David's Tinder account to go catfishing and Neil's StalkerWithACrush arrives to take the role of Juliet by force.

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* Webcomics/LeifAndThorn: The performance of ''Leachtric''. At first the plumbing problems interfere with the on-stage special effects, then they force the entire building to get evacuated before the second act.
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* ''Series/PerfectStrangers''' seventh season episode “The Play’s the Thing.” Larry writes a play loosely based on the adverse experiences of his youth entitled “Wheat,” which is set to be performed at the local community theater. A few days before opening night, Larry insults the director and everyone in the cast and crew quits, forcing Larry, Balki, Jennifer, Mary Anne and Lydia to perform all of the parts themselves. HilarityEnsues as everyone forgets their lines, misses their entrances and exits, comes out with the wrong props, and breaks character. Balki, who is playing angry brother Billy, [[BerserkButton goes into a mad rage]] after Larry’s lesson in MethodActing [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]], and ends up destroying much of the set in the process. The performance ends with Balki throwing Larry off the stage.

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* ''Series/GetKrackin'': InUniverse the show is primarily staffed by interns and is broadcast live at 2 a.m., which causes every episode to lurch from one dramatic mishap to the next.


* ''Noises Off'': It's both playing this trope straight and subverting it.

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* ''Noises Off'': ''Theatre/NoisesOff'': It's both playing this trope straight and subverting it.


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* Everything ever attempted by the [[Theatre/FarndaleAvenue Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': "Curtain Call at Bedrock" has Wilma staging a local production of ''Romeo & Juliet'' with Fred, Barney and Betty playing parts. Things go wrong when Wilma loses her voice and Barney gets the mumps, from which he soon recovers. The cast is left to wing it, and what results is a theater full of patrons laughing their heads off. The critics in the next morning's newsslate praised it as "a smash comedy."

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* ''Film/BrainDonors'' is a loose remake of the Marx Brothers film, substituting ballet for opera. Their intrusion onto ''Theatre/SwanLake'' is every bit as epic as the climax of the original.


** Taken UpToEleven in the sequel, ''PeterPanGoesWrong''. One of the Lost Boys starts the show in a wheelchair, three different actors take on the role of Peter as their predecessor suffers an AmusingInjury too many, and Tinkerbell gets electrocuted by her own costume.

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** Taken UpToEleven in the sequel, ''PeterPanGoesWrong''.''Theatre/PeterPanGoesWrong''. One of the Lost Boys starts the show in a wheelchair, three different actors take on the role of Peter as their predecessor suffers an AmusingInjury too many, and Tinkerbell gets electrocuted by her own costume.

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