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Police Cops

From 10 critic and 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.'

Plays to See

“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.” Full Review

Diandra Reviews it All

“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.” Full Review


"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." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

for a previous production "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." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "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 unbeata... Full Review


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-long duration, brilliantly executed but self-contained...Everything adds up to first-rate comic entertainment, leaving the audience giddy on laughter-induced endorphins." Full Review

West End Wilma

for a previous production "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." Full Review

What's on in Cape Town

for a previous production "This 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." Full Review

Voice Mag

for a previous production "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." Full Review


for a previous production "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.'" Full Review

Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if You love raucous comedy, amazing satire, improv, cop shows, or good theater

Don't see it if You’re sad inside

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.

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!

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.

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.

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, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you like physical theatre. 3 actors using very imaginative and creative movements and changes on stage that will tell you a funny story

Don't see it if you're looking for a play with deep content. This is plainly a fun, well-crafted comedy with the only purpose to make you laugh for 1 hour.

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.

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you like absurd parodies about 1970s cop shows; multiple characters played by a couple of actors; can appreciate unscripted improvising

Don't see it if you want a show longer than one hour; want something more serious or high brow

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

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you want to be entertained

Don't see it if you don't find things funny

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.

Hilarious, Quirky, Clever, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy clever writing and staging, absurdist twists, and brilliant “over-acting” from three talented (and utterly shameless) young Brits.

Don't see it if you hate tiny theatres, small budgets, short running times (only 55 minutes), or shirtless dudes trying not to laugh at each other’s antics.

Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You want to see three actors present an imaginative, hilarious cavalcade of stylized characters/scenes from old buddy cop movies/TV shows.

Don't see it if You're expecting a coherent plot or anything more than the most minimalistic set; you think buddy cop movies are to be taken seriously.

Also This show originated at (and embodies the who-needs-a-big-budget spiri... 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.

Funny, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You couldnt stop laughing watching their other show. If you enjoy a no thrills,,, funny cheesy sketch type of show.

Don't see it if You need a spectacle show with high graphics. You find silly comedy,, just plian ol' silly. Your expectactions are too high....

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).

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You enjoy physical theater and a homage to 70's cop shows

Don't see it if If you are not interested in or unaware of 70's TV cop shows

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.

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.

Clever and fun

See it if You just want to have a laugh

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You want to enjoy a fun, silly escape for an hour.

Don't see it if You don't play well with silly fun.

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, 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

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