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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

From 45 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Quirky

About the show

In this new comedy, it’s 1942, and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. More…

The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life. A rib-tickling show for all ages. 

Member Reviews (45)


Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Quirky
Avg Score

Tiresome, Toothless spoof, Disappointing

See it if you're an Anglophile [You'll find the humour/humor underneath the mostly unfunny presentation]; u don't mind awkward audience participation.

Don't see it if you expect Python-esque laughs from one of the self-proclaimed "top sketch groups in the UK", working w/material that is ripe for parody.

Also The premise is clever: Play out scenes from the risible real-life "Ins... Read more Read less

Broad, Funny, Quirky, Cliched, Clever

See it if Brits Off-B'way entry. Three fish out of water with Yank accents follow directives to highlight the deep Stateside divide between cultures.

Don't see it if Don't poke (fun at) the Yanks (animals) in cages at the zoo. Writers as actors. Skit-worthy. Audience participation. Broad.

Funny, Slapstick, Clever, Quirky

See it if Slapstick comedy, with audience involved at points.

Don't see it if If you dislike slap stick comedy.

Also 2 hours, the theater was very hot problem with air conditioning.

Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if and ONLY if you enjoy Brit humor & slightly slapstick comedy, Brits poking fun at Americans & vice versa, silliness, & men playing women.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy British humor and silliness, hate any audience participation, prefer musicals and drama straight up.

Also While this was super silly (in a good way), and I usually dislike audi... Read more Read less

Cliched, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if attempt at satire poking fun of US views of Brits based on instructions given to U.S. servicemen in WWII; very funny discussion of currency

Don't see it if you find audience participation annoying especially if you don't want to get up and dance in front of your seat or throw paper balls

Also I generally love British humor but found that most of this missed.... Read more Read less

Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You enjoy British humor. Audience participation is requested . Similar to Benny Hill comedy.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of British humor. It is slow and indulgent.

Delightful, Entertaining, Interactive, Clever, Like nothing you've ever seen before

See it if you love British humor, particularly by Brits playing Americans poking fun at Brits. There is a tenderness that ekes through that is sweet.

Don't see it if you don't want to learn anything more about behind-the-scenes WW II. Or, if Python-esque humor is not for you. These guys work hard here.

Also This is a tough piece to categorize, and as such, it is worth seeing. ... Read more Read less

Gentle culture wars, Committed acting, Fitfully funny, Dated, Banal

See it if You like that WW2 nostalgic stuff, mate.

Don't see it if You’re looking for sophisticated comedy.

Also You have to be in the mood. Bit about British money is funny. Lots of ... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy seeing British comic actors playing in American stereotypes for laughs.

Don't see it if You don't know much about British culture or you don't like forced audience participation.

Fluffy, Tedious, Indulgent, Somewhat amusing

See it if You are interested in WWII era digs at British culture. Stereotypes abound.

Don't see it if If you don't like audience participation or physical humor, or humor based on stereotypical view of American and British culture.

Engaging, Ambitious, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like plays that involve the audience; you want to laugh non-stop

Don't see it if you don't have a good sense of humor; you don't like plays that involve the audience directly

Relevant, Quirky, Refreshing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you want a pleasant evening exploring what makes the US and UK different and the same Good energetic cast

Don't see it if you have no interest in the subject or are looking for a full blown musical.

Dated, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you enjoy British-style humour and don't need much of a plot

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation or multi-character actors


See it if You want a couple of cute jokes.

Don't see it if You're disappointed that it's slower than you'd expect. I'm a big fan of traditional British humor but this one didn't do it for me.

Interactive, Entertaining, Cliched, Funny

See it if If you like theater that aims only to be fun and basically succeeds. an entertaining and interactive show that pokes at nation stereotypes.

Don't see it if you want ambitious theater, don't like British humor or low humor, do not wish the audience to be asked to participate.

Funny, Light humour, Entertaining, Clever, Fun

See it if It's a silly humoured romp through the differences between American & British language/ways taking place during training for US GIs in WW ll

Don't see it if Lots of filler in second act; would have benefitted from some input from American writers to mark our take on English custom. Still, its fun

British humor, Fluffy, Good actors, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy vintage humor and costumes from WW II. You enjoy British humor. Play would seem funnier to people on the other side of the pond.

Don't see it if You don’t want to try Morris dancing. You like incisive humor.

Also Performances very good overall and people super nice but script needs ... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You love seeing small productions that really give it their all. Have a connection to the UK

Don't see it if You don’t like to laugh

Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if ... you like insipid British comedy. ... you like amateur small town comedy shows. you like to see a good idea ....

Don't see it if executed poorly.

Also I can't figure out who their target audience is. It didn't help that I... Read more Read less

Quirky, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Drawn from a guide, humorous look at communication woes of U.S. servicemen in England during WWII. In a way more series of skits than play.

Don't see it if Not a fan of audience participation? Comedy was a bit uneven. Some parts a bit long.

Good acting, Silly, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like roles which are silly caricatures. The acting is good with some funny moments. The bit on the British currency is great.

Don't see it if you're expecting witty, intelligent British humor. The play relies on silly puns and overly simple characters.

Quirky, Funny, Disappointing, Dated

See it if Military humor that relies on audience interaction. Slapstick comedy with driven performance. Expect casual stereotyping

Don't see it if While entertaining to an extent, jokes are largely hit or miss. You learn some historical context but not much.

Dated, Mildly entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you are like everything British

Don't see it if If you expect anything original

Dated, Weak material, Good performances, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy British themed humor and like plays with audience participation.

Don't see it if you expect to laugh your head off or dislike silly activities that the actors make the audience participate in.

Entertaining, Funny

See it if You liked Faulty Towers, physical comedy, verbal witticisms and a lot of hopping around.

Don't see it if You loath corny jokes or emphatic audience participation.

Also A pleasant evening with three hard working writers and actors.

April 27th, 2019
"A hilarious and inventive play...See it while you can!...The three-person cast is remarkable with their spirited presentations and comedic talents...These three actors master the play's quick, witty dialogue and quirky characters. Audiences will love the absurd moments...There's even a bit of au...
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April 22nd, 2019
"Some gags amuse, others are groaners, and still others fall into the what-were-they-thinking category. Also, the fun depends on a great deal of audience participation; if humorous interaction with actors makes you break out in hives -- yes, I'm holding up my hand -- this is one to avoid like the...
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April 21st, 2019
"In the intervening eight decades, the Bodleian publication has undoubtedly been ripe for spoofing, but, let’s face it, less so as time has passed. But perhaps even in 2019 a send-up treatment could provide a keg of laughs. If so, Messrs. March, Millard Sheahan, and Walton are apparently not the ...
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April 23rd, 2019
“It’s one thing to emulate Monty Python, another to rip them off, as do the creators of this prolonged skit, very loosely – and louchely...As these two ugly Americans relentlessly troll for cheap laughs, there seems to be no acknowledgment on the part of the writing team...Only the third writer/p...
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