"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.
“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
"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
“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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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