Closed 1h 10m
Police Cops
Midtown E
80

Police Cops NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(36 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
11%
Negative
3%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Quirky

About the Show

59E59 presents the three-man British comedy company The Pretend Men's stateside debut, where they bring their super-charged inventive physical storytelling to a wacky parody of buddy cop movies.

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Member Reviews (36)

65
Well-staged, Manic, Dated, Sophomoric, Pointless

See it if you want to see a wild, wacky parody of old cop shows. Staging is well-choreographed/imaginative. Some strong images. Lots of bare chests.

Don't see it if you want a plot. Or interesting characters. Or real laughs. PC is meant to be fun, but becomes grating. 50 minutes can seem very long.

75
Fun, Energetic, Thin, Physical, Likable

See it if you would like to see a send-up of 1970s cop shows that draws the gay subtext to the surface.

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Critic Reviews (10)

June 21st, 2018

"Everybody needs a good laugh. That's just what you'll get when you see 'Police Cops'...Imaginative, zany show...There are so many twists and turns in this fast paced show that you don't know what will happen next or what the characters will do. This is comedy at its best, full of riotous surprises."
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June 19th, 2018

“A 55 minute, American Cop extravaganza that shines a light on the America’s obsession with flags, police, and looking really brawny while doing random things...Hilarious...particularly, because it latches onto humanity’s penchant for stereotyping...The comedic mirror America needs right now...done by 3 British guys...Their choreography to their sheer physicality and transforming into multiple characters was brilliant...’Police Cops’ has the virtues of wisdom and joy.”
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June 25th, 2018

“Folds together physical comedy, pop culture references, the occasional dance number, ingenious lo-fi costumes and props, and just plain good-fun nonsense...The perfect balm for a weary world...There’s a big murder reveal, followed by a Metallica dance number. It’s not supposed to make sense. It’s stream-of-consciousness delight.”
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October 2nd, 2016

"Pastiche on a grand scale, taking the buddy cop genre, putting a self-aware spin on it, and playing tropes that were once taken extremely seriously to the very edge of sheer lunacy. The results are hilarious...It is the kind of theatre that entertains and engages audiences entirely over its hour-long duration, brilliantly executed but self-contained...Everything adds up to first-rate comic entertainment, leaving the audience giddy on laughter-induced endorphins."
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August 28th, 2016

"One of the funniest things you’re ever likely to see...A perfect homage to American cop shows and crime dramas from the 70s and 80s...Moves with phenomenal pace and a genuinely captivating story, with many twists and diversions that keep the audience on their toes...The level of the humour varies from broad, pun-heavy and accessible references, to some really strange and surreal gags...The kind of show that you laugh at until you feel giddy and your heart begins to hurt."
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August 16th, 2015

"Thrills, spills, betrayal and a father complex ensue in this rollercoaster parody...What makes this show so special? Well, for a start the writing hits an impressive high as trashy exploitation goes, yet there chugs under it a fully fledged script with a solid arc that allows the trio to develop a gallery of throwaway characters into convincing, plot-driven portrayals while still earning the laughs. They’re a supremely generous ensemble too...And their connection with the audience is unbeatable."
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August 20th, 2015

"You're in for a breakneck ride...A 60-minute riot of action...Wisecracking, slapstick, surrealism: almost any funny device you've ever seen is packed in there somewhere, amplified and exaggerated to the point of self-parody...Under the frenetic surface lies a well-rehearsed and tightly-managed production...If there's a fault to be found, it's that the creativity doesn't quite last for the whole of the performance...Overall though, there's almost nothing to dislike about 'Police Cops.'"
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September 27th, 2016

"This trio...do not stop for even a split second as they play through their overtly typical cop drama, intentionally hitting every cliché in the history of cop movies. Their performance is nothing short of mind-boggling – not a beat missed between character changes or dramatic moments...'Police Cops' stand out as an hour you don’t want to miss...It stands as a unique and hilarious offering that will transport you to an unexpected yet very familiar place."
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August 22nd, 2016

"It’s a mad-cap, ’80s-inspired feast of hilarity and, as the ‘Top Gun’-esque genre demands…six-packs and homoeroticism to the max! The energy in this show soars throughout, and showcases the three actors’ skills as performers with a sublime and highly original take on the classic cop drama...This show is a fine example of brilliantly Brechtian, highly-inventive, mad-cap comedy. The Pretend Men are undoubtedly highly talented writers and performers."
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October 31st, 2016

"This buddy cop parody will have you laughing throughout. Their skills as actors were stretched as the three had to believably perform a multitude of characters and accents, which they all did successfully...Montages, memorable one-liners, and action packed physical theatre...Over-the-top choreography, cheesy jokes, and all-familiar clichés would usually fail a performance, but they manage to pull it off by milking it, only adding to the hilarity."
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