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Police Cops

From 36 member  reviews
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. More…

It's 1976. Straight-laced rookie Police Cop Jimmy Johnson is out to avenge his brother's death. Teamed up with a disgraced renegade, the pair begin to unearth the soily secrets of the case. 'Police Cops' is a cinematic joyride, speeding down Adventure Avenue in a souped-up squad car.

'Police Cops' is being performed in repertory with its companion piece 'Police Cops in Space.'

Member Reviews (36)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Quirky
Avg Score

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.

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.

Don't see it if parody is not your thing.

Also The 3 performers in “Police Cops” are extremely likable. That’s an imp... Read more Read less

Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want a spoof of '80s police buddy movies. You enjoy low-budget, creative staging. You want big laughs & a great night out.

Don't see it if You dislike satire. You prefer shows with bigger production values. You want a drama.

Clever and fun

See it if You just want to have a laugh

Don't see it if You want a tradional play.

Ridiculously physical comedy, Hilarious, Demented hysteria, Gratuitous removal of clothing, Fringe-esque

See it if gifted physical comedy, 1970s cop tropes, male flesh, homo-eroticism, non-stop hilarity, Fringe inventiveness tickle your theatre fancy

Don't see it if low rent production values, testosterone sprays, bare chested men, spontaneous improv, small spaces, scare you in the theater

Funny, Intentionally cliched, Entertaining, Improv-like, Playful

See it if you want to see what the Brits think of American popular entertainment. Ideal Hollywood composite amounts to gleeful, ridiculous fun.

Don't see it if you dislike portable productions that fit in ~5 cardboard boxes; have ignored blockbusters for decades; want a big, lifechanging takeaway.

Also May not look at a buddy cop film or male action hero quite the same wa... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Silly, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you’re in the mood for a fun show that is a parody of 70s cops shows/movies. Self-aware writing that finds humor in tropes/cliches of genre.

Don't see it if you’re looking for serious drama or don’t like farce. Or if you want a longer evening of theater (play only runs 50 minutes).

Funny, Clever, Creative, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy “you’ll laugh despite yourself” entertainment. This is brazenly, utterly ridiculous and you’ll have a good time throughout.

Don't see it if you only enjoy highbrow fare - this is not that.

Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a story (not as present in Police Cops in space). You want a send-up of 70s buddy cop flicks.

Don't see it if You can see Police Cops in Space (it had more exciting staging).

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you like to laugh: you'll enjoy a parody of TV cop shows , enjoy slapstick and will enjoy some amazing choreography. It's a fun show

Don't see it if you don't like slapstick; want a polished production; prefer drama to comedy.

Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you love parodies done both simply and acted broadly.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of silly parodies or use of accents offends you.

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy raunchy, sophomoric, humor. You want to see some great, economic staging. You like shows that mix script and improv.

Don't see it if You usually pass on more elementary humor.

Also Interestingly enough, I really enjoyed Police Cops in Space, which I s... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You like slapstick comedy, have an appreciation for parody of American pop culture, are looking for something short and light and silly.

Don't see it if You don’t know much about pop culture from the 70s & 80s, are easily offended, want a show that “says something” or has a message.

Also The guys from The Pretend Men are extremely talented and both their sh... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining

See it if Want to smile for 60 minutes straight. A great mix of high and low comedy.

Don't see it if Parody and satire aren’t your thing.

Also I noticed a few folks saying the show was sophomoric and too silly; co... Read more Read less

Hilarious,fast paced,quirky,edgy,clever, physical humor

See it if A LMAO piece- clever comic genius-have out of the box fun time in intimate theater by a superb 3 man group (The Pretend Men)

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh, don't find humor in pure sillyness. Expect a traditional comedy. So much fun-An out of the box must see.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want an hour of police parody and hilarious antics. These guys give it their all and you will have so much fun watching them do it.

Don't see it if you can't laugh at those crazy cops doing mile-a-minute talking, walking, running, and shooting. All in the name of FUN!

Clever, Zany, Nonsensical, Very funny, Fun

See it if An action-packed, fun-loving spoof of nothing serious, with terrific physical and mental gymnastics and acting for uproarious comic effect.

Don't see it if If you don't like the Marx Brothers, Ritz Brothers, the Seven Santini Brothers, or you've fallen down and can't get up, see something else.

These guys are terrific and hilarious! don't miss this!

See it if you like satire exquisitely executed. They take aim at some current cultural tropes that are ripe for ridicule and they do it with skill.

Don't see it if you are a bit of a sourpuss.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if The best I can say about it is that it was fast paced with continuous ongoing action with occasional moments of comedy.

Don't see it if The production felt as if I could have seen it performed in a High School and the same could be said for the writing & premise.

Clever, Fluffy, Silly

See it if Talented performers are funny and work hard, yet the conceit wears thin quickly. Too clever by half yet mercifully short at only 50 minutes.

Don't see it if Works, up to a point, as a sendup of buddy cop movie cliches, but lacks a through line, and the amateurish improv/raunchy elements detract.

Dizzying, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky, Cliched

See it if The Pretend Men are a creative, energetic and group. Their show is a silly romp through police shows.

Don't see it if At times, Police Cops gets very silly, but not in a good way.

Funny, Clever

See it if You’re looking for something light and funny to fill an hour

Don't see it if You don’t like physical comedy.

Also I’ve only been to shows on the main stage at 59 E 59 before seeing thi... Read more Read less

Quirky, Funny, Raunchy, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like funny improv

Don't see it if you want a linear show

Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you would like to see a very funny parody of 80's cops clichés.

Don't see it if you would like to see a play, this is much more like sketch.

Also I smiled the entire running time.

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if you would be entertained by seeing three young Brits gymnastically cavorting half-undressed in a send-up of police procedurals.

Don't see it if you are looking for a clearly plotted detective story.

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 surpris...
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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
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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’...
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October 2nd, 2016
for a previous production "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...
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