They’re all here, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Joey, Ross and even Gunther. “Friends” is a spoof on the T.V. series Friends and it is quite hilarious, from the impressions and the imitations that they all do of the characters they are portraying. The Musical begins explaining who they are and what they do in life. It has Ross, (Landon Zwick) , who’s wife just left him for another women, Joey, (Alan Trinca) losing another TV sit com, Rachel, (Patricia Sabulis), leaving her Groom at the alter, Chandler,(Seth Blum), doing his funny stick and Phoebe, (Katie Johantgen), nervous and zen like. It gives us Monica, (Lisa Graye), in the next scene. She is a sex obsessed women on the make for a suitor and plays the part to the hilt.
We see two sets throughout the performance, the famous Central Perk coffee house and the girls apartment. Both sets are very adept for the play and in which the comedy flows. We meet along the way a lot of hokey characters a long the way, all played by Blum. He plays an Italian next door neighbor who seduces Rachel, a monkey, Marcel, Tom Seleck, Phoebe’s sister and the very funny Janice Mosestein. Blum is actually better with these characters then when he plays Chandler. Where Sabulis nails the role of Rachel, and Zwick has Ross down to a tee, Trinca, hits it out of the park with his Joey.
The music in the play is up beat and humorous: Joey’s “How You Doin,” “We Make A Perfect Match”, “Friends May Come, Friends May Go” and” Janice ” are all fun, catchy songs to hear. Bob and Tobly MCSmith wrote a fast paced, funny comedy. Assaf Gleizner’s music moves the show along to great fanfare.
The lighting was also well moving to the music, a great array of lights and different movements to the songs added to the festivities of this show.
The costumes varied from 90’s messy chic to dressy depending on the many various scenes and scenario’s that the show called for. Costume was able to move the show and keep up with it’s faced pace, as did the lighting. It all blended well!
The direction, (Paul Stancato), did well to move all the many skits along without interruption, or distraction, the show never languished in it’s two hours.
The notable performers were Johantgen, Trinca, Zwick, Blums many roles and Sabulis. They all made you feel like you were watching the series all over again.
“Friends” Is at the St Luke’s Theatre on west 46th street, just west of 8th avenue.
Robert M Massimi.