"It's nothing the sitcom didn't send up itself. The biggest laughs are often for the lines cribbed directly from the show. A roast loses its teeth when the subject beats you to the punch line. None of this is the fault of the performers, who are giving their all to have fun with the material and the free-wheeling direction...A good parody should do more than aimlessly point at a material with a mocking laugh. " Full Review
“The well-written book hits the series' main plot points...The singing is uneven, but the uniformly strong acting makes up for these vocal deficiencies. And while the show occasionally veers into slapstick, the parody remains at a mostly even pitch...The final number gets at the rare and magical bond that develops between actors and fans on a show like ‘Friends’...Skillfully directed (and choreographed) by Paul Stancato, 'Friends! The Musical Parody' is an entertaining trip down memory lane.” Full Review
“An irresistibly hilarious night of comedy...Devoted fans of the immensely successful sitcom will surely recognize most of the references and supporting characters...Each player captures the essence of their television counterparts in a manner that is self-deprecating, but never mean-spirited or ridiculing...Even a total newcomer to the series will be in for a treat...Gleizner’s bouncy melodies are endearing and keep the quick-witted comedy moving ahead at full speed.” Full Review
"If you like the 'Friends' TV show, you will probably enjoy 'Friends the Musical'...Although it is hard to cram a ten year TV series into a 2 hour musical, the writers of this show do an admirable job of it...The set, costumes, and even the hairdos are all really spot on too. The acting is good. Some of the actors do a better job of portraying their characters than others. The actor who plays Ross in particular does a really great job." Full Review
"Quick witted, good hearted, a tiny bit raunchy, and filled with laughs...The art of this piece is that it’s fun loving, not mean spirited, with well-crafted harmonies and surprisingly satisfying performances all around...Trust me, folks, it’s a really fun night. The writers managed to get the entire ten seasons into a two-hour show that’s brimming with inside jokes and a nod to the careers of the celebrities involved." Full Review
“The musical is well-cast, but at the end of the night, I found something missing from the production; it didn’t feel like a story about the friends I knew...The plot points are all there, but the genuineness from the show wasn’t all that present on stage, and it made the show fall a little flat...They could have downplayed the antics a bit, but that’s what parodies are all about. The show manages to pay homage to a classic TV show which is probably all you can ask for.” Full Review
"Absolutely delivers on the promise of sending up the show...The musical happily and hysterically depicts moments from the friends’ adventures...They find the underside and ridiculousness of the sitcom plots and the cast gleefully captures the spirit, vocal and physical tics...They fare best with highly comedic songs in the hands of a gloriously talented cast...Genial fun that zings the underbelly of must-see television with bite...This is a fun night out for any fan – casual or dedicated." Full Review
“This musical is a hysterical send-up of all that you loved to hate (or hated to love) about the 90s...The show’s greatest attribute is its ability to hit on series favorites quickly and memorably...Stancato’s direction and choreography is smart and intuitive...Though Gleizner’s music is a bit forgettable, the lyrics accompanying it will leave their mark...’Friends!’ will make you laugh so hard your face will hurt, your eyes will tear, and you’ll be ready to come back." Full Review
"While those unacquainted with the world of 'Friends' are unlikely to enjoy, fans with even a general knowledge of the series’ running jokes will find something to love about this hilarious parody...The play does a good job of balancing the parody of classic moments with overall jabs...The entire cast is fantastic...All the actors really captured the mannerisms of the layered characters they were portraying...The majority of the songs are fantastic." Full Review
See it if really liked this play, a hidden gem! Good acting, many actors imitated the friends characters exactly. God songs, staging and lighting.
Don't see it if If you don't like spoof parodies or musicals.
See it if you're a Friends fan who appreciates poking fun at the show and its cast, and will pick up the many show references.
Don't see it if you're not terribly familiar with Friends or if you don't like parodies.
See it if you were a fan of the show; you'll get a kick out of the in-jokes. You'll also enjoy strong, energetic performances. Some laughs/good songs.
Don't see it if you expect consistent cleverness. Many lame, broad jokes. Act II is better than Act I. Could use trimming. Over-mic'ed; lots of yelling.
See it if You miss the ‘90s and the heyday of three-camera must-see tv. Totally unnecessary, yet a fun, clever, and well-executed parody/tribute.
Don't see it if First act needs tightening but second act compensates. Mic-ed performers annoying and a waste in such a small venue.
See it if you have familiarity with the show and the quirks of the characters
Don't see it if you need a traditional theater experience. The crowd is expected to be rowdy and drunk, so the overall atmosphere takes on that dynamic.
See it if you love the OG TV show, you enjoy satirical writing, you hate Ross (who doesn't)
Don't see it if you have no clue what 'Friends' is about, you want something serious, you hate campy musicals, you love Ross
See it if The show was hysterical. All the actors were dead on. The songs went down easy. See it if you watched the show and remember it fondly.
Don't see it if Don't see it if you did not watch the show. It was basically an "in joke". I did feel the parody of Tom Seleck was a bit off. But the
See it if you're a Friends fan & enjoy a good laugh.(I watched but wasn't a regular viewer & missed some jokes.) It's fun froth, nothing more,but fun.
Don't see it if You don't like Friends and/or slapstick. You don't like actors playing multiple roles.
See it if You LOVED Friends and LOVE parody. It's good work. Good writing, acting, staging
Don't see it if You want a rich evening of musical theater. I'd have had a more satisfying time watching a few old episodes.
See it if you are a big fan of Friends, for the nostalgia. If you can get a heavily discounted ticket.
Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the series. I used to watch the show and still missed a lot of jokes ( judging by others' reactions).
See it if you're a fan of the series or even have only a passing knowledge of it. Great script/songs and most performances.
Don't see it if It's a small, unpolished production done for laughs.
See it if you're a diehard Friends fan. You'll laugh a lot and have a great time.
Don't see it if you are only kind of familiar with the show or don't remember much about it. Really a show made for fans.
See it if True to its source with clever and flavorful songs from a talented cast. As many already noted, Rachel (Patricia) is spot-on and impressive.
Don't see it if Awkward seating with subpar theater conditions. Will be utterly confused if you are new to FRIENDS. Feels more like a recap of 10 seasons.
See it if You really like Friends and want to see a retelling of it with less funny jokes and bad songs added. You don’t need parodies to be clever.
Don't see it if You really like Friends and don’t need to see a bad parody of it with so-so acting and wasted potential.
See it if you're nostalgic for & seek an amusing homage to the TV show; you can laugh at the absurdity of Friends' characters & situations.
Don't see it if you aren't well acquainted with the TV show [It's assumed that the audience is very familiar]; you seek challenging or provocative theater.
See it if Perfect sendup to series- Clever songs, Costumes on point, Great impersonations(Esp Rachel). Impressive how they fit so much story in 2hrs.
Don't see it if If you didn't like the series, you probably won't care for this. However even those w/ a general knowledge of the sitcom should find it fun!
See it if you are a fan of the TV show. This musical is part satire and part homage to Friends. Totally fun from beginning to end.
Don't see it if you didn't like Friends, If you didn't see the show, you won't get the jokes. Or if you prefer serious dramas or epic musicals.
See it if You want to see some terrific impressions of the characters (of special note the gal playing Rachel is dead-on and Joey is really good too).
Don't see it if You're looking for a true parody - it's more a synopsis of the show. The jokes are rehashed from the show and it doesn't offer much new.
See it if you have low expectations, being an avid theater goer of large/smaller scale shows I was highly disappointed but there were funny elements.
Don't see it if you don't like parodies, silly theater and expect more than all 10 seasons of Friends retold in 2 hours (FYI I am a Friends' Fan)
See it if You are or were a fan of the show, or if you like silly musical comedy. Nicely done!
Don't see it if You are not a fan of Friends, the tv conedy show. I am not sure how much I would have enjoyed it if I wasn’t a big fan of the show.
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