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Thank You For Being a Friend

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Quirky
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Critics
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9 reviews
Members
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36 reviews
 

Hit the Cutting Room for this musical parody of iconic '80s sitcom 'The Golden Girls,' starring drag queens as the sassy seniors. Expect period fashion, petty fights, sex talk, cheesecake, group hugs, and songs.

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This live stage show follows your favorite, over-the-hill funny ladies from Miami—Blanchet, Dorothea, Roz, and Sophie—as they prep for the annual Shady Oaks Retirement Home Talent Show. When pop-star Ricky Marin moves in next door and enters the contest, too, the competition gets seriously stiff. The only way the Golden Girls can win first prize is to pull out all their talent and beat him at his own showbiz game. Bonus for big fans: Come early and compete in 'The Ultimate Golden Girls Trivia Challenge!' Winners are crowned 30 minutes before showtime. $20 food/drink minimum per person, which is part of the ticket fee indicated.

 

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Reviews (45)

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68
Avg Score

65
Applause! Applause!

"The energy level is high, the jokes keep coming, and the dance numbers are entertaining. The girls have to deal with Ricky Martin holding gay sex pool parties next door. All the actors are appropriately dressed, speak with the proper cadence, and nail the hand gestures of each of their characters. On the negative side, the technical engineer was sloppy, the story is weak and untenable, and the songs are forgettable. But the audience seemed to love the show and have a fantastic time." Full Review

75
The Reviews Hub

"With spunky musical numbers and nods to the source material, this show is a spirited romp...A charismatic ensemble cast work fantastically together...Featuring high-camp drag portrayals of beloved television characters and snappy innuendos, the timing and sass of 'Thank You' is a breath of fresh Floridian air. The show is still finding its feet with some of the nuances of timing and delivery, but the charm and wit of 'Thank You' carries the production quite a distance. Full Review

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The New York Times

for a previous production "To feel the love for 'The Golden Girls' you have only to see the capacity crowd gathered for ‘Thank You for Being a Friend.'...So you have to wonder what that audience takes away from this drag parody, directed by Nick Brennan, which is so raunchy and overwrought, it’s hard to call it affectionate…The show concludes with a disco-ish ode to Miami, but by that time the desecration is complete." Full Review

80
Theatermania

for a previous production "If you can stomach some lighthearted vulgarity, then you're sure to find ‘Thank You For Being a Friend’ to be a downright hilarious evening of theatrical fun. This highly irreverent yet loving send-up of TV's ‘The Golden Girls’ proves to be simultaneously evocative of the greatest moments from the original and a show with a voice all its own…Most of Thomson's score seems to be directly lifted from other musicals, which isn't all that bad in light the outrageously crude lyrics." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "'Thank You For Being a Friend' stands on its own, not requiring much, if any, knowledge of the original. It’s a raunchy, hilarious, lighthearted good time. The story line is as preposterous as it should be...Witty, cutting dialog works better here than the songs, which are brief, enthusiastic and sometimes funny, but not as strong. This is basically a drag show with familiar characters. And it works. It’s perfect dinner, drinks and a show fare and a darned good time." Full Review

80
Chelsea Now

for a previous production "This musical parody suits up a cast of dudes in their best horrendous 80s fashions for a breezy, bawdy romp. Across-the-board-funny, each member of the faux foursome comes to the table with a loopy, exaggerated take on the icon they’re tasked with playing...A premise as thin as the set’s two-dimensional wicker furniture...High culture it ain’t, folks — but for lovers of the cult TV show who like a little good, clean, gay-friendly raunch, this one’s a Hump Day must." Full Review

85
Off Off Online

for a previous production "As dinner theater entertainment goes, 'Thank You For Being a Friend' makes for a super fun night out. Each of the cast members have their share of the stage...As a group, they complement one another very well and seem to have an intricate knowledge of the others’ rhythms, which only further helped the comedy along...If you’re in the mood for some great food, drink and some raucous laughter, then you’ll love 'Thank You For Being a Friend.'" Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Like its source material, 'Thank You' never fails to elicit fits of hysteria, gasps of embarrassment and outbursts of applause...The most successful elements of the show are the three 'ladies'...Collectively the cast is an effective ensemble clearly relishing in the nonsensical madness that is this show...This show is high camp done very, very well, and from the moment the lights went down until they came up again, a packed theatre was in absolute hysterics." Full Review

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British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "'Thank You’ seems to have all the elements which would make for a dynamite revue of a much-loved show, but it is as unmemorable as it is unprovoking; the use of drag certainly brings a new level to the interactions between characters but this new level doesn't illuminate new interpretations of the characters…While those involved or close to the production and its members might get a kick out of seeing the show, it's doubtful that general audiences will find the same level of pleasure." Full Review

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81
Avg Score

80
Funny, Clever, Dizzying, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you like a solid, campy and fabulous parody.

Don't see it if if you are looking for high brow humor or high production value.

59
Quirky, Campy, Drag, Kitschy

See it if you're a Golden Girls enthusiast

Don't see it if you're expecting a super raunchy show -- this was pretty tame by drag standards. The Golden Girls puppet show is much better!

86
Quirky, Raunchy, Cliched, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if fan of the golden girls and want to see a very funny drag show

Don't see it if don't like to laugh or fan of drag queens doing a show about the golden girls.

88
Delightful, Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious, Fun

See it if you loved The Golden Girls, and like musicals featuring Drag Queens. A hilarious outing! Bea Arthur never looked so feminine!

Don't see it if you're a prude, are intimidated by Drag Queens, can't laugh, or just generally don't like The Golden Girls or being entertained.

75
Funny, Entertaining, Campy, Fluffy

See it if you crave a loving, campy tribute to the classic tv show. An entirely original story with original songs, inspired by familiar characters.

Don't see it if you expect the perfect timing of the tv show & its actresses. This isn't quite as witty, well-paced or polished, but it's still a good time.

80
Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You're a fan of The Golden Girls. You like fun, raunchy humor. You like drag shows. You want a fun night out.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of The Golden Girls. You dislike drag shows. You don't like raunchy humor.

Also It's important to get to the show when the doors open to have your cho... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Drag queen performances, cabaret show and the Golden Girls and Maude television shows amuse you.

Don't see it if Sexual references and transvestite or transgender humor or subject matter offends you.

70
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy the Golden Girls with a risqué, dragged up twist! Super fun.

Don't see it if You are offended by naughty humor and men in drag.

79
Hilarious, Entertaining, Aumsing

See it if I've seen very little of TGG, but I knew enough to know these boys pretty much nailed the characters. I enjoyed it very much!

Don't see it if you're offended by drag. Or if you dislike small-scale theatre. This is a stage in the back of a restaurant, so don't expect Broadway.

55
Ambitious, Raunchy, Disappointing, Ridiculous, Frustrating

See it if You LOVE the Golden Girls. The acting is fine, the story is mediocre. The food (dinner theater) was excellent. They started everything late.

Don't see it if The whole event was marred by bad service and mediocre production. The actors faltered at the finish line making it hard to focus.

100
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love the Golden Girls and can appreciate a drag show.

Don't see it if you don't like the Golden Girls &/or don't like drag queens

70
Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are a "Golden Girls" Fan that needs to see them imitated and enjoys parodies..

Don't see it if You will be offended by drag humor and expect the characters to actually resemble those in the popular sitcom.

70
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you like good feeling, cabaret-style drag or if you just like The Golden Girls a whole lot.

Don't see it if you want to see traditional theater or if you hate gay people.

70
Funny, Edgy, Slow

See it if You enjoy a show that doesn't stay super close to the source material in action, but makes well done jokes in every line.

Don't see it if You are a super fan of Golden Girls.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Love to be entertained! Great singing and performance!

Don't see it if you are expecting conventional performances.

79
Funny, Clever, Fluffy

See it if you LOVE the Golden Girls, you enjoy parodies of well-known properties, you enjoy a fluffy and fun night out with a drink or two.

Don't see it if you hate the GG's, you don't like drag, you can't enjoy something simple and fluffy

70
Quirky, Raunchy, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you just wanna kick back, not overthink one thing, and just enjoy campy delightfulness!

Don't see it if you're offended by men playing women, you have no sense of humor, you can't deal with potentially uncomfortable and claustrophobic seating.

60
Delightful, Entertaining, Light-hearted comedy

See it if you'd like to see the Golden Girls brought back to life in a fun, new, musical story. Good songs, Blanche was fabulous. Trivia before show!

Don't see it if you're not into drag shows. You don't need to be a Golden Girls superfan to enjoy, but bring your imagination and be open to having fun

85
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like quirky musicals and enjoyed "Golden Girls" humor/punchlines

Don't see it if You are looking for a profound storyline or arent fond of one liners

100
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if For a night of hilarity hit the cutting room for a great time. I laughed so hard I cried. This was so witty + funny very well done! See it

Don't see it if seeing the Golden girls in new twist isn't your thing or you don't want to laugh or have a blast...I can't wait to see it again!

80
Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Fun, Lighthearted

See it if You enjoy lighthearted romps and are familiar with the 80s and the Golden Girls. Delightful, quirky homage.

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with the Golden Girls or the 80s, otherwise you will miss 2/3 of the jokes/references.

Also Throughout the show each character had the opportunity to have a "larg... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if If you love The Golden Girls and drag.

Don't see it if If you do like off color humor or drag.

100
Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You love the golden girls and enjoy drag shows. You want to laugh a lot/

Don't see it if Drag shows aren't your thing, you're not interested of have not seen the golden girls

70
Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you are a huge Golden Girls fan or if you have seen one or two episodes.

Don't see it if you want to see something completely unoffensive.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love the Golden Girls and enjoy a well done parody! Funny as hell!

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