Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious, Clever

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 story of police officers...in space!

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After his father is killed by an evil robot, Sammy Johnson is the last Police Cop in the universe. On a distant planet, Sammy must team up with an alien fighter pilot and his trusty cyborg to embark on an intergalactic adventure to become the best damn Police Cop in space.

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


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Plays to See

“This talented group reads their audience, even as they plow through their hilarious and exaggerated plotlines. As they expertly transition between a multitude of characters, hopping between dialogue and short choreographed numbers, their abilities can be overshadowed by their madcap delivery. Don’t be fooled – these guys are seasoned experts who have the chops...Superbly synchronized, absurd, physical and exuberant...Can rightly be billed as the next-gen Monty Python.” Full Review

95
The 730 Review

for a previous production "I hoped for something self-consciously silly. What the three young actors delivered was just that and so much more...Riffing on a number of classic sci-fi tropes, without ever becoming insufferably referential, the show remarkably managed to retain its own identity and importance as a narrative, without becoming unnecessarily parodic...For an hour of pure theatrical escapism and sci-fi indulgence, nothing can top this...Simply unmissable." Full Review

90
The Reviews Hub

for a previous production "It’s the same no-holds-barred physical-comedy-meets-genre-spoof, only this time with a dash of sci-fi flair...An untraditional coming-of-age story that combines cop show clichés, 80s sci-fi tropes, and sheer absurdity into an hour of top-class entertainment...They combine physicality and staging knowhow to keep coming up with delightful little moments that draw huge laughs...It’s gloriously silly, remarkably clever, and indisputably fun." Full Review

85
Three Weeks Edinburgh

for a previous production "The Pretend Men return to the Fringe with the space edition of their spot-on, all-American police blockbuster parody...The trio, who share brilliant on-stage chemistry, deliver hysterically exaggerated and physically mesmerising scenes with unfaltering energy levels and monumentally punchy delivery. These kids have got some serious gusto, Sergeant." Full Review

85
GQ

for a previous production "It’s difficult to write about a show that makes no sense...A show with so many bizarre narratives, ludicrous twists and turns, and so many jokes you end up remembering none, that come curtain call, the play’s entire concept slips from your fingers like sand. You know it was funny. Very, very funny. But why! How! When!...It is farce at its most planned; at its most intelligent. What’s particularly impressive is when farce occurs on the spot." Full Review

80
Broadway Baby

for a previous production "A mish-mash of all the best, most recognisable archetypes from cinema, all with a surreal and futuristic twist...The quick-fire humour and superb multi-roling add a lot to the mix, as each comedian jumps between countless caricatures, going on endless digressions and clearly having a great time in the hilarious, sloppy world they've created...There are some sloppier or more forgettable moments...These criticisms are minor in what is otherwise an explosively entertaining show." Full Review

80
The Peg Review

for a previous production "A seriously silly pastiche of 70s cop shows...Whilst I’m sure we’re not meant to over-analyse the plot, I did find it hard to follow at times as the structure of the story bounces all over the time and space continuum...More than the speed and the ludicrous list of characters is the sheer physicality of the piece...Whilst the story wasn’t as slick as last year, The Pretend Men have even more energy and more moves than before." Full Review

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Theatre Bubble

for a previous production "The piece neither surprises nor underwhelms – a good night out, but hardly something to write home about...A bizarre frame narrative promises much, but seems underused – the war between humans and aliens is touched upon, but never developed to have an impact in the plot...It doesn’t seem as new and exciting as it once might have. Silly, yes, great entertainment, yes, but ultimately parodying certain cliched art forms in a lo-tech way is quite a saturated market." Full Review


95
Hilarious

See it if you're up for an hour of absolute unbridled levity.

Don't see it if you're priggish.

Also A co-production with the New Diorama Theatre (Secret Life of Humans), ... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You want clever DIY hilarity

Don't see it if You want something serious or with less inventive homemade production value

91
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You enjoy fringe comedy with clever, low-budget staging. You want a send-up of 80's sci-fi.

Don't see it if You want something with a message. You dislike "it's funny because the character's gay" types of jokes

90
Dizzying, Edgy, Must see, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if Spend hour in hysterics, in awe of the physical comedy & versatility of "The Pretend Men". Police Cops Sequel-see both-fun comedic theater

Don't see it if Disliked Police Cops.Don't like physical comedy, can't laugh at pure sillyness. Looking for traditional theater.

85
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if You like satire, classic cop/space tv and film, or just want some easy laughs

Don't see it if You don’t like over the top exaggerated humor, or don’t like (really) small productions

85
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Three young, talented individuals show off their comedic chops in the lighting speed while making fun of every cliché set in Outer Space.

Don't see it if The jokes are fast and furious.

85
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy clever, original comedy. These men are so talented. A laugh a minute!!

Don't see it if You take yourself very seriously.

85
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if U want laughter for 50 min. U want to see to see 3 men work their butt off to entertain you. Small theatre...All around...Fun-tastic.

Don't see it if You want a slow moving show with elaverant stage and props. You think silly comedy is not fun. If you dont like to laugh for a full 1 hour..

84
Clever, Dizzying, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like 80s pop culture, space movies, parody, over the top farce.

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious. You’re easily offended or aren’t familiar with 70s/80s pop culture.

84
Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Extra points for part 1 which was funnier, but overall I’d recommend this 2 part import as being more fun and enjoyable than Harry Potter

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy silly humor

82
Hilarious, Loony, Fringe-like, Not enuf gratuitous removal of clothing, Gifted physical comedians

See it if you've seen PoliceCops & want 2 continue the party, you possess developed sense of the ridiculous, 1 wants 2 experience 3 gifted comedians

Don't see it if silliness, buttcheeks, bare chests, spandex jumpsuits, motorized rats, men dancing with each other would drive U 2 distraction

81
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like science fiction movies and would like a funny, high-energy play. Lots of movement and cast of 3 play many hilarious characters.

Don't see it if you don't like small, low-budget productions, are not familiar with popular science fiction movies, or want to see a serious drama.

80
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh and be silly.

Don't see it if you want to see a play or more serious fare.

Also The original "Police Cops" is a tad funnier and better constructed, bu... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You’re in a silly mood. Love parody and satire.

Don't see it if You want traditional theater.

Also The 3 actors are sensational.

79
Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like a silly, fun show that will make you laugh in spite of yourself.

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

79
Inventive, Quirky, Indulgent, Hilarious, Zany

See it if you enjoy Fringe style shows with an extraordinarily talented trio of actors creating an over the top spoof of spaces movies.

Don't see it if you are averse to silliness and are not satisfied with a show clocking in at less than an hour.

79
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Energetic, Silly

See it if You like broad comedy, slapstick, can use your imagination

Don't see it if You want a fully scripted show with fancy sets, costumes, and props

Also The Pretend Men troupe clearly enjoyed what they were doing and work w... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy & need a show built for absurdity and laughs.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with depth or production value.

78
Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you like silly parodies of sci-fi flicks; want to be be entertained without having to think too hard

Don't see it if you wont get a lot of the sci-fi references; you want something more serious and high brow; want more than an hour of entertainment

Also Of the two, I preferred the original Police Cops (but you do not need ... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Dizzying, Raunchy, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if rip-roaring sci-fi shenanigans and physical/raunchy humor are your cup of tea. Like a really enjoyable episode of Family Guy, on stage.

Don't see it if u don't like comedic plays relying on middle-school level humor. Juvenile, but likeable.

Also Had a lot of fun and there was some pretty amazing ensemble work. The ... Read more Read less

77
Funny, Quirky, Simple

See it if With a title like this... Silly, playful, funny. More sketch comedy than play. The improv and mistakes were the best part. It was funny.

Don't see it if You don’t like ridulousness, silly fare, or SNL like sketches.

71
Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You don't mind silliness that only pays off some of the time, like excellent soundtracks, or like the concept;it's what it says on the tin.

Don't see it if Somewhat iffy American accents bother you. You need a lot of emotional weight. This is a fun enough trifle, but it's not life-changing.

71
Funny, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if Three energetic Brits who enjoy what they're doing, get zany w/ multiple costumes & voices nonsensically for 45 minutes. In rep w/ the other

Don't see it if Zany. Nonsensically. For 45 minutes.

70
Funny, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want a silly show that will lift your spirits. It's hard not to give in and have a good time.

Don't see it if You're looking for comedy that challenges you intellectually. This is just a show for a good time.

Also IMPORTANT: you don't have to see the shows in order. Police Cops In Sp... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to see 3 actors that are very talented, but the script really needs work. Some jokes were good, but the show needs to be polished.

Don't see it if you can't use your imagination and are looking for a serious play. Seemed like an Ace and Gary SNL Skit.


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