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Friendly’s Fire

From 3 critic and 10 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant, Quirky

About the show

"Friendly's Fire" shows us to what lengths one man will go to preserve the sanity of his friend - a veteran who lost his brother in service to our country. More…

In a cabin in Alaska, Guy Friendly, a Gulf War veteran and bee-herder, has just had a tooth stolen during casual sex. His best friend Todd, a pawn-shop owner dressed as an astronaut, finds Friendly in a fevered state. Trapped by the snow, Todd has little choice but enter Friendly’s fevered dream, to unravel the events of the night before – and the events of the Gulf War that led Friendly to becoming a shut-in.



85
On Stage Blog

“A play incredibly moving in story and almost psychedelic in atmosphere...This play is rich in metaphor and the excitement builds as each connection is made. The metaphorical portions of the play were so rich that they partially overshadowed the more realistic scenes that bookended the play. These felt slightly out of place but by no means...derail the story...An adventure...It kept me engaged. It moved me. It left me with plenty of questions and desperate for more.” Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"Many soldiers who come home must deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Bray's 'Friendly’s Fire’ is the fantastic story of one such soldier...'Friendly's Fire’ includes bright colors, honeycomb shapes, and allusions to duty, heroism, and conformity, as well as music...and feedback that is all both comforting and intrusively necessary...It's a fabulous, open-hearted ride that fans of Terry Gilliam will surely enjoy.” Full Review

65
TheaterScene.net

“Bray’s writing is intense, often striving for absurdist comedy...It’s all rather baffling, somewhat interesting and mildly entertaining...The rambunctious stewpot of a plot is a mélange of early Shepard and Vonnegut...With tremendous flair, director Anna Hogan manages to harness enough stage wizardry to keep this all going for a focused one hour and 45 minutes while fulfilling Bray’s epic vision...Either be a profound exploration of substantive themes or an enjoyably avant-garde diversion.” Full Review


93
Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like original stories that are a bit quirky. Great acting and design elements.

Don't see it if you want a linear play or don't enjoy smaller theatre productions.

82
Weird, Dark, Relevant, Quirky, Intense

See it if you appreciate dream sequences, dark memories, and drug trips.

Don't see it if you want everything to make sense.

45
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like an absurdist play that blends together war and pop culture.

Don't see it if You want a straight forward narrative, and a script that full developed.

Also The cast is game, but I'm afraid the script is too choppy and the conf... Read more Read less

40
Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a very challenging absurdist play and you don't care if it doesn't make much sense. All of the acting is great!

Don't see it if You want to see a well written play with characters you care about. Very confusing and childish.

100
Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love to get engrossed in the characters and their story. It is totally engaging

Don't see it if Your uncomfortable with strong emotion and distress in other people. I encourage you to try, totally worth the experience

100
Profound, Resonant, Intense, Epic, Great acting

See it if You enjoy theater that shakes you to your core. You want to be taken on a ride about our humanity, relationships, healing and love.

Don't see it if Guns are triggering for you. There isn’t a lot of violence but there are guns onstage.

Also This production is a gem and it emanates the brilliance and mastery of... Read more Read less

100
Quirky, Great writing, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Full disclosure, I am a fan of plays that take risks. That are theatrical. That aren't afraid to lose an audience in a new world.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a broadway-style musical, or and American realism drama, this is not for you. This is a fever dream fantasy.

100
Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if You are looking to delve deeper into the human psyche and how we process trauma. This show dissects loss and PTSD with profound effect.

Don't see it if You have extreme sensitivity to war violence and flashing lights.

100
Resonant, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are a person who is looking for the deeper meaning in life, and our interactions with each other, served up with a good side of humor

Don't see it if You are looking for a light-hearted escape from the real world or an unintelligent, slap-stick comedy

99
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Cleverly put together, do not show up late, you will miss very important scenes that keep the drama intense.

Don't see it if You are drunk, high, sleepy.


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